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Western vs. Eastern – Cheerleaders/Geisha
Uploaded by CrispyClaire on Jun 13, 2008
I was making two videos at first, one for each, but it occured to me to put the two together for contrast.
I use Cheerleaders and Geisha to compare western ideals of beauty and femininity with eastern ones. Cheerleaders wear tiny skirts, are supposed to be loud and athletic. Geisha are covered from head to foot, are supposed to be graceful and friendly. Neither are prostitutes, but both have been sexualised in the media and become the subject of ‘fantasies’ (as is evident from just a quick google search – ‘geisha’ or ‘cheerleader’), and both cheerleading and being a geisha are seen by many as frivolous, nothing difficult, when in reality, they both work very hard. The cheerleaders in blue are the UWO Mustang team, introduced by the newsreader on KW sports as ‘recognised as one of the best teams in the world’ and I was very surprised to see the seriousness with which their coach dragged them over the coals until they got it right. It’s not all waving pompoms, like I used to think.
The song is ‘Safe to be a girl’ by Jennifer Yeung, and though it’s very much more a ‘geisha’ song than ‘cheerleader’, I thought it was apt for both, because what I’m looking at is what it means to be a woman in this society, through these two (for want of a better word) performance art forms.
Compiled from other videos, which are either from documentaries or news on TV, or used with permission from other users.
The picture near the start is of a cheerleader from 1906, see this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PostcardCornellUniversityCheerleader1906.jpg
- You: Australian geisha battles foreigner status (france24.com)