Modeling the Latest in Empowerment Wear

Athena, showing off the t-shirt sent by a friend who also happens to be insanely nuts about WNBA basketball. When she opened the package and saw the shirt, she said “And I’m not a cheerleader! It’s like they know me!” Well, yes. And as a bonus, she just started in a 3rd/4th grade YMCA basketball league this week, so good timing all around. Athena’s got good shot skills (it’s all that time kicking my ass in games of “HORSE”), so that’s good too. It’s nice when it all comes together.

42 Comments on “Modeling the Latest in Empowerment Wear”

  1. coo1b1ue – Vermont – I'm a software engineer within the aerospace industry as well as a father of four (mostly) grown children, one of which served in Iraq (OIF2) as a combat medic.

    Cheerleading is athletic too.

  2. I want a shirt that says that. I really like it. I don’t think the shirt is knocking cheerleading per se. Just maybe some of the attitude that comes with it.

  3. Frank:

    It’s a hell of a lot more athletic now than it was when I was in high school, that’s for sure. That said, I think it became more athletic because it was criticized for being secondary to actual participatory sports; basketball, et al, did not need to be retro-fitted into an athletic event.

    My high school didn’t have cheerleaders, and no one seemed to miss them much. There were cheerleaders at the University of Chicago, but I recall the general reaction to them being one of confusion; i.e., why anyone would want to do such a thing, especially at a university where no one knew anyone who ever went to spectate at the sports events. Play, yes. Spectate, not so much.

  4. Let’s not forget that our current president so was a cheerleader. I think we need to know about McCain’s, Obama’s and Clinton’s past cheerleader status.

  5. Well, there’s a rational love, and then there’s what you have, Justine. Which I applaud; WNBA needs as many insane nuts as it can get.

  6. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang at the gates!

    Me want. My kid would dig that!

  7. There’s a knowing in her eyes. The lass is a aware in a way most kids her age are not. Athena is awake.

    You’re doomed John, run while you still can.

  8. Not to get too intellectual here (I think the T-shirt is great and my wife would love it), but cheerleading has changed primarily because of Title IX, which essentially killed a lot of gymnastics programs, so cheerleading is more about gymnastics than it used to be. Sometimes schools have pom-pom squads or dance teams which seem more like what cheerleaders were back in the ’70s and ’80s (1970s and 1980s, thank you very much).

    On the other hand, who cares? Great T-shirt.

  9. Ah, but the Big Ten Women’s Tourney is in Indianapolis…which is where you’d end up if you missed your exit while trying to have breakfast at Bob Evans in Cincinnati anyway, so you’re practically there.

  10. Basketball is good. I have played the sport for about 30 years now. I am also coaching this year. I like watching the WNBA but I still prefer college basketball (both womens and mens).

  11. Love, love, LOVE the shirt. And Athena is a perfect empowerment spokesmodel.

    Know whatelse I love? Seeing what Krissy’s expressions look like on your face. Isn’t IDIC a wonderful thing?

  12. closer to home, UD women are doing VERY well this year. They beat Xavier, which is something that the UD men haven’t managed to do…and you can get tickets to the women’s games and they are played at a decent time…go Women Flyers….What a bunch of good role models.

  13. I make shirts and action photographs at youth sporting events.

    Being one who makes a better living off of cheerleaders than any other sport, I must say that they seem to take a lot more pride in what they do.

    “Athletes lift weights – cheerleaders lift athletes.”

  14. It’s kind of funny at my school. I go to a private school that has an incredible athletic program. We win many state championships. You’re required to do one sport. (I do JV track. It’s easy. I’m a theatre kid really.) So, it’s much cooler for a girl to be good at a sport than it is for a girl to be a cheerleader. The system amuses me.

  15. My daughter did both cheerleading and basketball all through middle school. High school forced her to choose, as the schedules would be incompatible. She chose cheerleading & is now doing it on scholarship in college. She has no regrets. And she is much more functionally athletic than your typical basketbal player.

  16. Keep kicking dad’s ass Athena; he’ll proudly get used to it.

    My niece was this age when she started hockey goaltender. Now at 14 she plays with the senior girls(17-19) since she did far too well playing with the guy teams and has caught the eye of the scouts; also manages to remain an honours student as well. Yes her dad is very proud of being soundly beaten every time by his little girl.

  17. Careful John,

    She has her mothers look that says”You will pay for that” with a baseball bat in her hands.

    Love the shirt, have a granddaughter that plays tackle football (First girl) at the JV level with the boys and then becomes a cheerleader for the basketball team, that just ended and now she has signed up for long distance running for track.
    She tires me out just taking her to her events and watching her.

    Athena, keep on beating the “old” man….

  18. oh gag. yuppies with their empowering women crap. ruined half of the NCAA men’s teams. And any women who is breathing and bothers showing up can get a division one letter sweater. What a fucking joke.

  19. I think your daughter is cute as a button. I think your trite liberalism is…trite. And don’t hide behind kids with little gaggy NPR expressions. If you want a rough and tumble blog.

    Why doesn’t the WNBA draw? No one cares! Ding, ding ding!

    Live in the real world.

  20. Oh…and I didn’t say shit about your daughter. I said shit about your comment. Capisce?

  21. TCO:

    You’re not nearly the clear communicator you think you are. And once again you’re edging closer to being plunked into the being moderated queue. Attempt to not be an asshole when you post here. Lots of other people of all sorts of politics manage to do it; you should try it too.

  22. If you need to boot me, I understand. I actually deserve it more in other threadz. And you are using the kid to make a PC point.

  23. Well, what I’m doing is showing off a shirt a friend sent my daughter, which she likes, and which is appropriate to what she’s doing in her life at the moment.

    I’d rather not boot you, TCO; I just want you not to set your posts to the “maximum flamage” setting. It gets tiring to read and deal with.

  24. Can you tell me where you got this shirt? My daughter plays any sport with a ball and she and teammates would love this shirt….

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