About four paragraphs down he also says “ I don’t hate cheerleading just because it’s about as safe as porcupine juggling. I also hate it because it’s dumb.” This is not something that I would have expected to see in an article that was written by somebody. He is telling us his own opinion. It has nothing to do with his central claim that he is making. The fact that he said, “it’s dumb”, just sounds silly in his article and probably throws off the audience from the claim that he is really trying to make. I also think it’s interesting that he asks the audience “Exactly what does a girl get out of cheerleading, anyway, besides a circle skirt and a tight sweater? Why do we encourage girls to cheer the boys, to idolize the boys? This question that he asks really can be targeted in a couple different ways. First of all, cheerleading is a very tough sport with all the flexibility that you need to have. A cheerleader must be able to do flips, and all other kinds of stunts. Secondly, he says, “why do we encourage girls to cheer the boys?” this statement is very stereotypical because there are male cheerleaders out there too. Especially today it seems to be more and more common and I don’t think we really see it as a big deal to notice a male cheerleader. If you go to a lot of colleges and universities, you will notice that one of the core parts of a cheerleading squad is the male cheerleader. It is not uncommon what so ever. So, for Reilly to make
Give me a C-H-E-E-R, “what does that spell?” cheer! High ponytails, loud chants, and miniskirts are what most people envision if they think of a cheerleader. W hen you’re at a high school or even a college football game, the girls on the sideline shaking their pompoms and shouting to the crowd, are one of the key aspects to making the game feel more alive and spirited. Without cheerleaders who else would lead the way of getting the crowd rowdy through chants and hand motions. While most people don’t see cheerleading as an “official sport” others disagree upon hearing the statement. This difference in opinions brings up the question, “are skills needed to be a cheerleading, or can anyone just do it”?
A sport is an organized association that provides regulated activities to individuals. In most cases these individuals are composed into teams with an identity, mission statement, and goal. Competitive cheerleading is association, and just like the definition of a sport, competitive cheerleading is organized and acknowledge under specific associations, (ISHAA,NCCA,etc.). Those associations regulates the activities of each participant. Every participant is classified by their team name and mascot. With pride each participant and team identify themselves and motivate themselves through their mission statement and goal. Considering, these relative factors, it is evident that competitive cheerleading is a sport. Competitive cheerleading is being
In the article “THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CHEERLEADER AND RITUALIZED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION,” I learned many things. The first surprising thing was the cheerleading started off as mainly a boy sport and now you don’t see nearly as many boys as you do girls involved with cheerleading and I think that is partly because in today’s society boys get made fun of for being a cheerleader. (Bennett) Another major thing that bothers me about cheerleading is that many girls get into cheering for the wrong reason, let’s just say that a lot of it is popularity. All in all there is so much you can argue on either side for cheerleading and hopefully schools are starting to see how cheerleading has changed into something other than rooting on your team, or competing for a national title.
Cheerleading started as a male endeavor in 1898, when a University of Minnesota football fan led the crowd in verse in support of their team. It was not until World War II, when men shipped out to war, that women took over. Then cheerleaders came to represent the American ideal of femininity: wholesome apple pie with washboard stomachs, perfect teeth, and flawless complexions. Stereotypes cast them as blond, petite, and impossibly perky. “From its humble beginning cheerleading has blossomed into a competitive athletic activity with a serious image problem” (Forman 52). But today’s post-feminist youth have put a new, diverse face on cheerleading. Cheerleading in America is no longer a matter of waving pom-poms, a cute smile and being overly
The NYC Radical Cheerleaders describe their activity as, “[A]ctivism with pomp poms and middle fingers extended. It’s screaming F*CK CAPITALISM while doing the splits” (qtd. in Adams and Bettis 36). Since their inception in the mid-1990s, the feminist Radical Cheerleaders have given women a stronger voice in the activist sphere while they scream, shout, and protest against a myriad of social issues. These range from the patriarchy, LBGTQ discrimination, and beauty standards, to police brutality, sexual assault, and capitalism, but they are all linked to the fight for human rights. In their protest, they subvert the stereotypical image of the white, blonde, thin cheerleader, looking to incite public interest and engagement. Ultimately, radical cheerleaders channel the theatricality and obscenity of the women’s liberation movement to reclaim their rights in the public sphere with curses, vulgarity, and action.
In this article the author took what I felt was a very passive, non-threatening tone with the topic, making you feel more relaxed and more prone to listen to his argument. Mr. Graff chose to use a first-person plural tone in his article, this in my opinion makes it more relatable to all people, but I feel is more specifically aimed at educators and intellectual teachers. He related his argument to his own childhood which again endeared me to the author and the argument. He used personal references along with topical references from the era of his childhood, making his argument more personal. The author was able to make his argument using his love of sports and the magazines from his time that allowed him to analyze those sports and create far more compelling arguments than that of the tried and true “intellectual” literature of old.
Short skirts, loud voices, air-heady personalities, and tons of energy is the typical definition of cheerleaders that most people have in the world today. Along with being the blondes of the school, cheerleaders are also seen as “wanna-be athletes” (Thomas). This comes from a long line of stereotypical people who may not know what cheer is exactly about. Although there are individuals who do not agree with the change of cheer becoming a sport, many people’s attitudes have developed over time. Changing cheer to a sport should change with society’s views on it.
Rationale: This written task will analyse how audience and purpose affect the structure of texts, as well as demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context. This task will allow me to expire and take into consideration the writing skills of journalist, Sally Jenkins. In my pastiche, I will be conveying a positive attitude towards college athletes being paid. In her editorials, Sally Jenkins often discusses how sports greatly affects our society. It is to be noted however that some excerpts are fabricated.
The author begins her essay with a personal experience and a logical observation describing the difference between jocks and pukes, he thinks that by using a personal anecdote, what his coach said jocks are brave and ambitious while jukes are like him former English major. This technique rapidly turn out the essay as informal and personal. Because in this way the writer try to capture the reader attention. He begins by briefly outlining his own personal story which is use as a background, to relate or connect the readers with his story. After he stated the difference between jocks and juckes as well as the critics he faced. The author use sarcasm in the text when comparing a 28 years old who spent his Vietnam deployment rowing the Saigon. This directly emphasize the
Cheerleading is one of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries in female athletes in high school and college levels, yet people still argue that it is not a sport and how “easy” it is. Reasons cheer is not labeled a sport yet is because all of the benefits that would need to be provided for cheer teams because of title IX, the primary purpose of cheer (not competing), and the fact that cheerleading would not exist if they labeled it a sport because then their primary purpose would be to compete, not lead on their school’s teams.
Flores ends the article by saying, “So why do we continue to mark them as targets for our blood sports?”, which leaves the reader to ponder what he has said and helps to leave a longer lasting impression on the audience. Overall the article was well organized and made use of ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade the reader, though there were flaws in the
In 1975, Robert Lipsyte wrote “Jock Culture” which was in “The Sportsmaster.” It didn’t appear in “The Nation” until 2011. Analysis will examine the credibility of the examples used by the author to stage his claims.
Furthermore, along with how Anthony’s quote can be related as a contradictory term towards Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), it can also be seen through my personal life. Although it is opposed to Atwood’s novel, Anthony’s quote is not contradictory towards my personal life. An example of how Anthony’s quote can be related to my personal life can be seen through a sport called cheerleading. I have been practicing this sport since I was nine years old. This sport is a team sport which can be competitive or non-competitive. There are many aspects and categories in cheerleading. To begin with, cheerleading is a sport that contains multiple aspects that are combined to form one sport. These aspects are stunts, tumbling, jumps and