- Radical cheerleading
Radical cheerleading is a form of
cheerleadingthat originated in Florida, but has now spread across the United Statesas well as Canada, Europeand beyond. The idea is to ironically reappropriate the aesthetics of cheerleading, for example by changing the chants to promote feminismand left-wing causes.Fact|date=March 2008 Many radical cheerleaders (some of whom are male, transgenderor non-gender identifiedFact|date=September 2008) are in appearance far from the stereotypical image of a cheerleader. Fact|date=September 2008
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
activistswho put themselves at physical risk and to denounce infiltrators and opponents.Fact|date=March 2008 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.
One of the most notable radical cheerleading appearances was at the
March for Women's Livesin Washington, DCon April 25, 2004. The cheerleaders had their own feeder march and bloc within the larger march with over 2,000 participants. The group's purpose was to raise awareness about the lack of access low-income women have to abortionclinics.
Radical cheerleaders are often
anti-authoritarianand anti-capitalist.Fact|date=March 2008 Their cheers are usually written from scratch or by rewriting the words of popular and historic songs. Radical cheerleaders dress in diverse ways but often wear a combination of redor pinkand black.
Some radical cheerleaders make
pom-poms using garbage bags by folding them in half, tying off one side with a rubber band and then cutting strips from the other end.
Mary Christmas, one of the founding members of New York City's "Radical Cheerleaders"
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
* [http://www.nycradicalcheerleaders.org/ NYC Radical Cheerleaders]
* [http://www.geocities.com/radicatz/start.html Resistin Radicatz]
* [http://www.wilpf.org Women's International League for Peace and Freedom]
* [http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3068921/ "We’re Here! We Cheer! Get Used To It!"]
* [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/14/national/main583821.shtml Radical Cheerleaders Raise Ruckus]
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