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peace4all Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-25-03 11:24 PM
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"We're teens, we're cute, we're radical to boot!
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MSNBC reports on Radical Cheerleaders, never thought I'd see this,


"We're teens, we're cute, we're radical to boot! We're angry, we're tough and we have had enough!"

Radical cheerleaders might seem like an oxymoron, but in the last few years, teenage and twentysomething activists around the world have turned an American tradition into potent political theater. There are Radical Cheerleading squads from Burlington, Vt., and San Diego, as well as France, Poland and even Japan. Some squads carefully choreograph routines and wear matching outfits, complete with pompoms and megaphones. Others go for a more eccentric look.


It's a grass-roots movement, usually spread when someone sees a squad in actionat WTO protests, for example, or antiwar demonstrations. (Meredith Ryley, a history teacher, started Radical Teen Cheer after reading about a Minneapolis group.)

What unites them are causes, from protesting the Iraq war to fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and capitalist exploitation. Cheerleading is the ironic medium for their message. University of Alabama professor Natalie Adams, coauthor of "Cheerleader: An American Icon," includes Radicals in a class she teaches called "The Cheerleader in American Culture." She compares them to Twinkies, which, she says, were created when someone took conventional ingredients, sponge cake and icing, and made something new, just as activists have created something new out of traditional cheerleading. "I think it's brilliant," she says. "It's American ingenuity at its best."
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  -"We're teens, we're cute, we're radical to boot! peace4all  Sep-25-03 11:24 PM   #0 
  - Wow...  Sephirstein   Sep-25-03 11:26 PM   #1 
  - been hearing about these girls  JohnKleeb   Sep-25-03 11:26 PM   #2 
  - not all girls  peace4all   Sep-26-03 12:56 AM   #9 
     - well my grandfather was a cheerleader lol  JohnKleeb   Sep-26-03 12:59 AM   #10 
        - they do a great job  peace4all   Sep-26-03 01:05 AM   #11 
           - shrub as cheerleader  peace4all   Sep-26-03 07:30 AM   #15 
  - We're teens, we're cute, we're radical to boot  PacafistPete   Sep-25-03 11:27 PM   #3 
  - As long as they are cheering...  Zorra   Sep-25-03 11:29 PM   #4 
  - that's cool...  leftist_rebel1569   Sep-25-03 11:38 PM   #5 
  - *bell*  JohnKleeb   Sep-25-03 11:43 PM   #7 
  - You can download some mp3s of their cheers here:  Minstrel Boy   Sep-25-03 11:42 PM   #6 
  - hey that's great  G_j   Sep-25-03 11:50 PM   #8 
  - Smells like Teen Spirit  gottaB   Sep-26-03 02:57 AM   #12 
  - That was the initial spark  MSchreader   Sep-26-03 03:18 AM   #13 
  - Ack! "Teen Spirit", that's what I thought too.  JanMichael   Sep-26-03 07:33 AM   #16 
  - Absolutely Splendid!  E_Zapata   Sep-26-03 03:21 AM   #14 
  - 2-4-6-8 who's the man we really hate!  wyldwolf   Sep-26-03 07:35 AM   #17 
  - I don't respect many of these types  jiacinto   Sep-26-03 12:00 PM   #18 
  - They're not phonies  MSchreader   Sep-26-03 02:12 PM   #19 
  - Um...Is there anything that you DO like about Activists?  JanMichael   Sep-26-03 02:25 PM   #21 
  - and what the heck is wrong with making noise?  thebigidea   Sep-26-03 02:27 PM   #22 
  - Heed the words of Emma Goldman, Carlos...  IrateCitizen   Sep-26-03 02:36 PM   #23 
  - IC, I see many of these people as future David Horowitzes  jiacinto   Sep-26-03 08:19 PM   #25 
     - that's a standard myth bandied about:  MisterP   Sep-26-03 10:41 PM   #27 
     - I don't think it's a myth  jiacinto   Sep-27-03 01:07 PM   #32 
     - I work a job and pay bills...  Oaf Of Office   Sep-27-03 12:49 PM   #31 
  - this sounds more like someone else  G_j   Sep-27-03 05:37 PM   #34 
  - "Move, Bush"  WhoCountsTheVotes   Sep-26-03 02:17 PM   #20 
  - We got a group here!!  MrPrax   Sep-26-03 02:48 PM   #24 
  - What A Great Idea  cryingshame   Sep-26-03 10:37 PM   #26 
  - Next job for the Chimp starting January 2005  SaintLouisBlues   Sep-26-03 10:51 PM   #28 
  - Well, they're certainly teen, and they're radical.  Character Assassin   Sep-27-03 12:20 PM   #29 
  - Not quite  MSchreader   Sep-27-03 12:23 PM   #30 
  - I want them in the Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade!!!  catzies   Sep-27-03 01:08 PM   #33 

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