When the men returned from war there was an effort to push women back out of cheerleading (some schools even banned female cheerleaders).  Argued one opponent in 1938:

[Women cheerleaders] frequently became too masculine for their own good… we find the development of loud, raucous voices… and the consequent development of slang and profanity by their necessary association with [male] squad members…**

Cheerleading was too masculine for women!  Ultimately the effort to preserve cheer as an man-only activity was unsuccessful.  With a second mass deployment of men during World War II, women cheerleaders were here to stay.

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    I love this, as I’m a morris dancer and there still a few morris men who’ll insist that I’m doing it wrong for doing it...
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    So was Steve Martin. I believe you’re familiar with “How funky is your chicken,” yes? I think that was his.
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    Fun story! My grandfather was a cheerleader. I wish I had a photograph…
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    Are you at all familiar with Ouendan cheer? Japan’s traditional cheerleading is super-masculine, too :) The cheer girls...
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    I hope you enjoyed that, Mind, because you’ll probably never be blown that hard again.
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