Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Who wouldn't go to a roller derby?

Seriously. Who would opt OUT of such an event?

You’ve got a bunch of hot, rockstar punk women flying around a track on roller skates looking to ruin each other.

That’s friggin sweet.


As defined by the all-powerful Wikipedia, a Roller Derby is:


an American-invented contact sport – and historically, a form of sports entertainment – based on formation roller skating around an oval track, with points scored as certain players lap members of an opposing team.  In past decades, roller derby had been primarily a professional or paid sport for both women and men. Contemporary roller derby is international, predominantly female, typically operates on an amateur (or unpaid) circuit, and has a strong do it yourself ethic which often features both athleticism and a punk third-wave feminism aesthetic.


Holy shit.  How can I go wrong? 

I can't.  

It's settled then.  I'm going to see a Roller Derby in June.  It's gonna be awesome.  What better way to spend some serious girl-meets-power bonding time?  There is no better way.  Unless you're participating.  That might be better.  But this will be cool too. 


The term "roller derby" apparently dates at least as far back as 1922, when the Chicago Tribune used it to describe multi-day, flat-track rollerskating races. 

Why were people in 1922 holding multi-day rollerskating races?  And how did current culture manage to morph this seemingly innocent event into the amazing shit show it is now - with team names like 'the Slaughter Daughters', 'the Riot Squad', and 'the Vixens'?  I don't know, but more power to them. 


I guess I have to watch Whip It now. 




Check this out: Roller Girls on Rick Mercer

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