Looking Past the Smile and the Sheen

The New York Times published Looking Past the Smile and the Sheen.

But what is perhaps most interesting about the cheerleader’s perpetual regeneration is how increasingly removed it has become from the actual world of high school cheerleading today. The pop-culture cheerleader, rather than pointing to any reality — like the rigorous athleticism of today’s sport — gestures only to itself, to past iterations.