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I couldn't imagine that anyone could write another article with as much lack of information, research, i mean even experience. You can go to a bout any time, and if you went, you would be at a loss if you had read this article first.
Were you even aware that there is a rules-set created by WFTDA? Did you know that they've revised it on numerous occasion? Oh yeah, the rules are in existence and actually created a SPORT that not only boasts STRATEGY but also ATHLETISIM. They call for LEGAL hits vs ILLEGAL hits, just like any "tough man sport", they call for padding to protect the skaters to include: helment, mouth guard, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads. But, if anyone has ever set foot in a sporting goods or skate shop you would be aware of the plethora of available protective gear that you are more than welcome to wear when competing.
The WOMEN (yes we call ourselves WOMEN) who are involved in roller derby LEAGUES (yes we call them leagues) work so hard to build their leagues, FUND it, and produce every single event that is associated with their league. No other sport is as D-I-Y as Roller Derby. The WOMEN behind the leagues are lawyers, teachers, bartenders, mothers etc, we're not just flaky, angsty, wrestlers on skates.
Maybe before picking up your pen to begin your next article, you should at least talk to ONE derby girl. Ask her about HER SPORT. Because, when it comes to roller derby girls, I would not expect my pen to protect me against a strong women wearing protective gear.
My name is Lena Deadtrick and I am a PROUD Memphis Roller Derby member. And I believe Hard Konx is OWED AN APOLOGY.
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