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When Being The Only Male Cheerleader Was Actually The Worst

"Male cheerleaders...enough said."

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1. You're always dodging questions about your sexuality.

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It's really nobody's business.

2. You're expected to be the muscle because apparently EVERY MAN IS STRONG.

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3. Your A+ scorpion is wasted because being a boy flyer is considered taboo.

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4. Trying to convince your coach to let you dance with the girls can sometimes feel like pulling teeth.

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5. And when you do get to dance, you are usually placed in the back...

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7. Pom routines are the bane of your existence.

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You're painfully aware of your bare wrists.

8. The love/hate relationship you have with your megaphone is so real.

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NEVER. LEAVES. YOUR. SIDE.

9. You're placed at the bottom of the cheer-ocracy. Literally, your opinion is the last to be heard.

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Majority rules. Cheertators...everywhere.

10. Even when you execute the perfect herkie, your accomplishments are never fully appreciated.

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11. You're frequently referred to as "one of the girls."

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You love your cheer sisters to death, but "one of the girls?" Really?

12. People have the weird impression that you should be wearing a skirt.

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They are aware you are not the first male cheerleader in history...right?

13. This assumption always makes its way into your pep rallies.

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Though you are the butt of the joke, you are expected to grin and bear it.

14. The haters want to know why you can't just hide your face under a mascot costume.

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15. The worst is when your coach doesn't even invest in a uniform for you that matches the rest of the squad.

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Yas T-shirt. Yas gym shorts. Yas budget.

16. Having to face the constant judgment of 13-year-old girls in high ponies and their cheer mothers at cheer camp is soul-crushing.

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17. No one ever wants to see you "do your thang" during "Little Sally Walker."

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18. At camp, you spend most of your off time taking selfies in your quarantined room on the opposite side of the hall.

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19. You really don't ever know what to do with your hair before a game.

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No bows + no hairspray + no glitter = ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

20. Crafting "good luck at your game" cards and buying candy for your "secret angel" is SO AWKWARD for all parties involved.

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21. Partner stretching...also awkward.

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Yet, despite all these struggles, you continue to cheer because it is what you love to do.

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And you have the best sisters around.

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That's something to cheer about.

Thumbnail credit: Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images // Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images // Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

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