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ERIC Number: EJ831022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Short Skirts and Breast Juts: Cheerleading, Eroticism and Schools
Bettis, Pamela J.; Adams, Natalie Guice
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v6 n2 p121-133 May 2006
Cheerleading, an American invention, has 3.8 million participants in the United States, 97% of whom are female. It is an adult-sanctioned and typically school-affiliated activity that remains popular in spite of the increase in sports' opportunities for girls in schools. Drawing from popular culture and a middle school ethnography, the authors document the enduring popularity of cheerleading and how it is a vehicle through which adolescent girls may try out various facets of what it means to be a contemporary American woman. The cheerleader represents both the "good" girl as well as the sexy tease. Understanding the sexual tensions embedded in cheerleading in its nation of origin may provide educators in different national contexts ideas of how to use cheerleading as an educational tool.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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