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I wouldn't discount the feminism aspect one bit. I think you (Lindsay) are the first person in this thread to directly say that it has "nothing" to do with feminism. I could be mistaken though (i just did a quick find in my browser).
No matter the word count, this has been a fascinating discussion (one sided as it may be) on the strong feelings that derby skaters & refs from Memphis to Boston to Florida have for our sport. Our sport, although it has a long & sordid past, is new and thriving & hard to define in it's outward appearance. I myself don't wear fishnets or skirts, and although I love the face paint, those that kabuki it up are few and far between. No one on my team does it.
People want to label things, it makes life easier to deal with. Good luck putting a clean & easy label on roller derby, it's participants, or it's fans. Time will tell how the sport is viewed, not this article. Our voices & actions will make the difference.
Please come check out the bout this Saturday & judge for yourself! You might just catch derby fever :)
Chick NorrisLittle City Roller GirlsJohnson City, TN
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