We drove past some boys practicing football after school today. Petunia associates football with cheerleaders (cute uniforms and sparkly pompoms going over well with the little-girl set, as they do) and predictably, asked whether she could be a cheerleader yet.
I have nothing against cheerleading per se, and would even go so far as to call it a sport. Those girls work hard, they take a lot of physical risks, and it legitimately takes serious skills to execute some of those maneuvers. No doubt.
I want my girl to be on the field playing, not on the sidelines cheering for a bunch of boys while their activity is the main attraction. That just sends the wrong message to girls in my opinion: "You guys can be decorative and entertaining on the sidelines during lulls in our manly action."
Which is why my answer to her question is always, "No."