There is currently a movement to add competitive cheerleading (alternatively named STUNT, or…

There is currently a movement to add competitive
cheerleading (alternatively named STUNT, or Acrobatics and Tumbling) as an
emerging sport for women. Several interscholastic athletics governing bodies
have already recognized cheer as a sport, offering state championships.
Proponents of competitive cheer as a sport argue that females should not be
limited to participating in traditional male sports and that including cheer as
a sport would offer more competitive opportunities for females. Opponents
emphasize that “adding” cheer would not actually increase opportunities because
females currently participate in the activity even though it is not a varsity
sport; it would merely allow schools to count cheerleaders as athletes for
Title IX compliance purposes. They also posit that promoting cheerleading as a
varsity sport promotes a stereotype of appropriate roles for females that is
demeaning. What do you perceive as the pros and cons of sanctioning competitive
cheer as a varsity sport? See Biediger v. Quinnipiac University, 667 F.3d 910
(2d Cir. 2012), for a judicial ruling that cheerleading, at least as it was
conducted at Quinnipiac University, was not a varsity sport for Title IX
participation purposes.

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