Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Radical Cheerleading

(As a riot grrl, I spent a lot of time looking up radical cheerleading and wishing I could become one.)

From wiki:

Radical cheerleading is a form of cheerleading that originated in Florida, but has now spread across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and beyond. The idea is to ironically reappropriate the aesthetics of cheerleading, for example by changing the chants to promote feminism and left-wing causes.[citation needed] Many radical cheerleaders (some of whom are male, transgender or non-gender identified[citation needed]) are in appearance far from the stereotypical image of a cheerleader.[citation needed]

Radical cheerleaders often perform at demonstrations. They also often perform at feminist and other radical festivals and events. Radical cheerleading is used at demonstrations to promote a radical message in a media-friendly, people-friendly way. It is also used to support the actions of other activists who put themselves at physical risk and to denounce infiltrators and opponents.[citation needed] Radical cheerleaders may also perform on stage at music venues, to bring political issues (as well as entertainment) to an unsuspecting crowd. Chicago's Lickity Split cheerleaders frequently used this tactic.

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