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Cheerleader Confessions & Challenged Stereotypes

 We’ve all heard the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and these cheerleader confessions prove just that!

1. Cheerleader’s have beauty but not brains. Of course this is not true, and if you ask me- whoever came up with this had no brains. It is so naive to assume that just because someone participates in a certain activity that they are less intelligent than someone who participates in another activity. Not to mention, it definitely takes brains to remember routines, learn intricate choreography, stunts and tumbling passes and to keep up with schoolwork while spending multiple hours a week at practice.

Why is it such a shock to my coach that I'm in honors and to my teacher that I'm a cheerleader. Yes it's possible to be smart and a cheerleader.

2. Cheerleader’s are promiscuous. I remember when I first told my mom that I was going to join the school’s cheerleading squad, she tried to convince me otherwise. Why? Because cheerleader’s have “bad reputations” and are known to be “promiscuous.” Obviously this is just a stereotype, but she was afraid that other people who believed this stereotype would think these things about me. We came to the conclusion that if people want to think like that then THEY are the problem, not me. You should never keep yourself from doing something you love because of what other people may think.

People expect me to be the stereotypical slut cheerleader.  In reality, I've never even kissed anyone before.

3. All male cheerleaders are gay. Here’s another cliched stereotype that should be outdated. As a society, we need to stop assuming that particular interests, hobbies and behaviors are determined by sexual orientation. Not to mention, who cares if that male cheerleader is gay or isn’t gay? What does sexuality have to do with his ability to perform cheerleading skills? Nothing!

People always question whether or not male cheerleaders are gay- my question is, why does it matter?

4. Cheerleader’s are happy and chipper. Sure, cheerleader’s are known to be enthusiastic and energetic, after all, their origins come from pumping up spectators at sporting events. That being said, cheerleaders, like all other people, are susceptible to emotional problems and social anxieties. Don’t assume that because someone is smiling, they are happy. Or, that because someone can stand in front of a crowd, they don’t have insecurities.

College starts Monday. I'm that socially awkward I don't want anyone to approach me to even make friends.  And I'm supposed to be the bubbly cheerleader.

5. Cheerleader’s always date the quarterback. Wrong! There are no specifications on who you should and should not date. You build relationships with people who you are interested in, not people that you are “supposed” to be with. Love is not determined by social standards, it is a raw emotion that is so much deeper than stereotypes and appearances. Be with the person who makes you happy.

I'm the head cheerleader at school and I'm dating a "nerd" and people say that, I'm using him, he's not cute or people make fun of me when in reality I love him a I look past looks and I would never use him

The moral of the story is: don’t believe stereotypes! They are called stereotypes for a reason, because they are generalizations about a group of people and 99% of the time they are not true 🙂