24 Jun '14

News Is cheerleading in schools sexist?

More than 40% of UK schools now offer cheerleading, according to the UK Cheerleading Association. Of those taking part in its competitions, 96% are female. Is cheerleading a good way to get girls excited about PE, or is it setting a bad example? Cheerleading isn't an easy answer to getting girls interested in sport. I used to go and watch Leicester City with my nieces, when they were 12 and 10, and it was always uncomfortable seeing cheerleaders performing in skimpy outfits in front of a mainly male crowd. Cheerleading is a symptom of the wider sexualisation of female athletes, not a cause. But it's a huge sport worldwide, with its own Japanese Oendan form. It's spectacular and I respect its leading athletes. Continue reading...

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