Arguments & Counterarguments for Cheerleading Being A Sport
KOUSHA MODANLOU • MARCH 9, 2017
Because of its feminine nature, cheerleading often faces much difficulty in being considered an actual sport. Basketball and football are two of the most watched and beloved American sports because of their masculine nature which emphasize heteronormativity in sports. Gender roles of women being spirited supporters for dominant professional male athletes weaken the seriousness that cheerleading aims to have as an athletic competition, especially when taking into account that beauty and sensuality are such integral traits for cheerleaders to possess. For cheerleaders to make compelling propositions for their status as athletes, they have to stress the act of competitive cheerleading in which there is an intense physical training regimine needed to beat out other rival cheerleaders’ stunts. The concept of hegemonic masculinity, which is predominant in sports especially, is at the root of prodigious drawback which might ensue if cheerleading was to gain widespread acceptance as a true sport. Males might be further intimidated to partake in athletic events such as gymnastics and figure skating because those activities are already considered feminine and the acknowledgement of cheerleading as a sport would only reinforce beliefs about females being weaker, delicate, graceful and flexible. Recognizing cheerleading as a sport may possibly relegating women to a more subordinate status in society since it is an associated with negative stereotypes of vanity because appearance is not valued in the results of sports such as soccer in which females are considered real athletes.
Do Women Simply Like Sports Less?
KOUSHA MODANLOU • MARCH 3, 2017
The notion that women simply like sports less than men do because there are less females who play popular sports is heavily pervasive throughout society. Discussion of sports is often a common pastime for many men throughout the United States, but noticeably less so for women. For a sport to be conventionally popular, there still needs to be a hegemonic culture in which a large audience of fans is consumed with following along. Sports that are popular in one country are not always popular in another, yet in whatever country that a certain sport does happen to be popular there is usually a cultural resistance to women; essentially, popular sports are defined by a subordination of women. Soccer is the most popular sport in most of Europe, but it is not nearly as popular in the United States, yet the female players in the United States have been able to blossom such that they are ranked number one in the world-- a feat the U.S. men’s team is astronomically far from. Thus, in fact women do have the passion to play sports which are considered extremely popular in certain parts of the world and they also have the ability to be extremely successful in their endeavors. In the hegemonic power display of sports, women’s participation in a popular sport encroaches upon the sanctity of the masculine regime and influences men to find the activity less desirable. Men may just prefer to talk about popular sports more with one another in order to preserve the self-image of toughness they hope to convey in their masculinity, but that by no way means that women like sports less. With this line of thinking in mind American men have established baseball as an exclusive sport, leaving women who are interested in playing with nothing more than the watered-down version--softball-- which even has an undignified name in comparison to its male counterpart. Consequently, consumer interest in this activity is minimal in comparison as the female iteration has substantially reduced seriousness and difficulty.
Welcome To The Blog!
Welcome to the official blog for the Sports Analytics Group here at UC Berkeley! We are starting off the Spring 2018 Semester by launching this forum to keep all our members, supporters, and true believers in the loop of our affairs. This will be our first semester incorporating a regular blog in which we will cover internal events of the organization, members of the week, the professional sports affiliated speakers who come out and show love to our team, progress in intramural sports that our group participates in, and small tidbits of interesting discourse in the wide world of sports
We kicked off our exciting season with an all member get together in the underground dwellings of the Moffit Library. Our team coordinated quite an array of activities in order to effectively mingle our 80 plus members. While we savored some scrumptious Chips Ahoy Cookies and Double Stuffed Oreos, we had everyone break off into their groups of Data Journalism, Business, and Advanced Projects in order to discuss introductory protocol and operations. A great test of sports knowledge was brought forth during a Heads Up style game our board members crafted in which one person had a card with a word related to sports held over his head and could only ask other friends yes or no question in order to discern the answer. Then finally we played a team-building game in which three groups passed around a spoon with a tennis ball as many times as possible in order to see which team could make the most passes without failure in a minute. The winning team was awarded the last double stuffed oreo! All in all, it was a great transition into the sporting season.