A feminine curler derby match held in Belgium had a halftime present most spectators will not overlook: a cheerleading squad of a distinct variety.
Armed with glittery make-up, crimson 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 objective isn’t just to make audiences snigger; they’re after one thing way 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 could be appeared upon as an oddity.
Scrimmage Individuals wish to finish this stigma and present that cheerleading could 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 in opposition to 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“We’re right here to ask questions and present that everybody can do it, whether or not you are younger, outdated, or have completely different bodily circumstances,” he provides.
The group additionally hopes that it could possibly make clear how ladies cheerleaders are sometimes hyper sexualised.
“Ladies who do cheerleading are hyper-sexualised, as a result of they put on little outfits, little tops, little skirts,” says Pecuwe.
“Effectively, we’ll 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 group in attentdance on the curler skating competitors in Belgium.
“They shake up the codes, and concurrently they make us snigger,” stated Raphaël Göbbels, a French rooster farmer.
“They provide us somewhat reflection, which is lengthy overdue, which feels good, and which isn’t frequent sufficient.”
Try the video above to see the all-male cheerleading squad strutting their stuff!