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When males choose up the pom-poms: All-male cheerleading staff hope to problem gender norms

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A feminine curler derby event held in Belgium had a halftime present most spectators will not neglect: a cheerleading squad of a distinct type.

Armed with glittery make-up, purple sweatbands, comically tight shorts and a Katy Perry and Britney Spears stuffed soundtrack, the all-male ‘Scrimmage Individuals’ cheerleading squad delivered a splendidly camp, acrobatic and crowd-pleasingly hilarious efficiency. 

However their aim is not only to make audiences snigger; they’re after one thing far more significant. 

At this time, cheerleading may be very a lot a female-dominated sport, and males or boys who specific an curiosity within the exercise might be seemed upon as an oddity. 

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Scrimmage Individuals need to finish this stigma and present that cheerleading might be an inclusive exercise for each women and men. 

Difficult gender norms

Amongst one of many first teams of all-male cheerleaders in France, the Scrimmage Individuals launched in 2016, and educated with the pioneers of the motion, the Austrian group ‘Fearleaders’, who additionally use cheerleading to subvert gender stereotypes and expose the ridiculousness of poisonous masculine behaviour. 

“The message behind the cheerleading group is that we’re combating towards poisonous masculinity,” explains Thomas Pecuwe, one of many members of Scrimmage Individuals. 

“We’re right here to ask questions and present that everybody can do it, whether or not you are younger, outdated, or have totally different bodily circumstances,” he provides. 

The group additionally hopes that it may possibly make clear how ladies cheerleaders are sometimes hyper sexualised. 

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“Girls who do cheerleading are hyper-sexualised, as a result of they put on little outfits, little tops, little skirts,” says Pecuwe. 

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“Properly, we will take that in our stride. So we’ll even have very quick shorts and tight T-shirts.” 

The group of eight male cheerleaders obtained a heat present of appreciation from the gang in attentdance on the curler skating competitors in Belgium. 

“They shake up the codes, and similtaneously they make us snigger,” mentioned Raphaël Göbbels, a French hen farmer.  

“They provide us a bit reflection, which is lengthy overdue, which feels good, and which isn’t frequent sufficient.” 

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Take a look at the video above to see the all-male cheerleading squad strutting their stuff!

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