Texas Cheerleading Lives. Unfortunately. By Mariah Boon

The bottom line is that if children are dressed like sex objects and taught to act like sex objects, people are going to treat them like sex objects. In fact, the children might start thinking of themselves that way, and might value themselves for that alone. Teaching little girls to stake their self worth on qualities that are fleeting sets them up to feel worthless when those qualities fade. Dangerously low self-esteem, with all its consequences, could be the legacy of Texas cheerleading. Let us hope it will not be. I want our daughters to be strong.

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