EXACTLY. That was my main problem with that article that that blogger wrote. She vilifies Monica for pushing her athletes to perform while injured, but completely neglects to acknowledge the toxic culture that made that the norm among all sports — including college football which she claims to follow closely — so she could crap all over a successful female coach. The whole thing REEKS of internalised misogyny. It’s okay if men push their athletes, but if women do it then it’s dangerous. Because obviously women don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to sports. Because they’re women. The more this show’s popularity increases — and with it, the outrage about how the athletes train — the more visible the double standard becomes. Athletes train through injuries all the time, men and women alike. Whenever I see another criticism about it in the wake of Cheer, my reaction is always, “Yeah... and?” It was always that way in my experience. I watched my male friends play football with half a dozen broken fingers. I watched my dancer friend sit through song/pom practice with a badly injured back so she could “save up” her skills for the comp the next weekend. I tumbled through my individual routine a few weeks after abdominal surgery which felt like I was going to rip my stitches out and spill my guts all over the mat. And that was just how it was. Nobody questioned it — not the athletes, not the parents, not anyone. Unless you had a broken bone (and it’d better be a big bone), you played/performed. Maybe that was wrong. IDK. But it’s been the norm for awhile now. And I have to think that at least SOME of the naysayers decrying Monica have at least been tangentially aware of that on some level, either through playing sports as kids themselves or watching college/pro sports. So when they act surprised that this is the norm for cheer as well and get all upset about it, I have to think that they’re really only upset that a woman is doing it. Because that’s the primary difference between cheer and other sports: cheer is dominated by women. And that, apparently, is unforgivable.