We’ve already examined British lad culture once or twice on these pages, but you may be wondering: What do our American cousins have in it’s place? Well, they have something quite similar, but as you’d expect, there are a multitude of social and cultural distinctions to be made, which make it very complex to analyse. Here’s how you do it.
Up until the moment I got to university, all I knew about cheerleading came from US teen sitcoms. I thought they were all blonde dangerous alphas who politicked their way to the top of the social ladder. And then I saw Lancaster University’s cheerleading squadron, and it was all girls with split ends who had a big rep on the Buffy fan fiction Livejournal circuit. What I’m saying is that cheerleading is one of those institutions that is terrible but becomes infinitely more embarrassing when attempted by Brits. Such as schoolyard massacres or eggs over easy. Or parody accounts.