I was a cheerleader in high school. I wore the short skirt complete with black shiny nylon briefs (we called them "spankies," for God's sake) over my underwear to school, to class, usually three days a week, for all four years of high school and two years of junior high. I was a cheerleader every damn year, forever and ever. And when I heard that a high school banned its own cheerleaders' short skirts from class, I was happy about it.
Not for the reason you'd think.
Are the skirts these days obscenely short? Yes. I really do think they are in the context of class, when you have to sit in a desk and people are like two inches away from you. It's really hard to sit comfortably without showing more than you want to in a cheerleading skirt. Especially the newer ones without pleats. The end.
I always thought it was totally stupid that cheerleaders had to wear their uniforms to school, but I never really thought about it until now.
None of the sports teams wore their uniforms to school in my high school. I'm pretty sure they don't today, either. Why make the cheerleaders do it? Or better -- why LET them even if they want to?
Rita Arens is the assignment and syndication editor for BlogHer.com. She blogs at "Surrender Dorothy." Her parenting anthology and BlogHer's first book, "Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers Including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and More!" was published by Chicago Review Press in September 2008 and was awarded a 2009 gold NAPPA. To continue reading her piece about a ban on cheeerleaders' short skirts, click here.