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I was a cheerleader for a time in high school and I recall hours of work behind the scenes making signs and preparing for pep rallys. I also spent time mentoring younger girls and helping build up confidence in team mates. It takes a lot of guts to get up in front of the entire student body in a short skirt. Of course, since there is a short skirt involved that means there is a doing it for the boys element that is undeniable.
Anyway, I see what you are saying but I don't think the intentions of cheerleading and roller derby are exactly the same.
As for rollerderby, yes we have something like that here as well, and it's on the same level as honey wrestling. Some women like to show off their stuff - their looks and their ability to whoop another chick's ass. A lot of guys find it sexy.
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Most of them "ain't completely right." They got some kind of grudge, angst or anger thing going on and probably about 50% are lesbians. Not sure if there's any connection there...? There's some that seem more normal and I'm not sure what motivates them. It's weird to see that many "mean" women all in one place.
I haven't seen this latest version. Probably falls into the same catagory as women's pro wrestling - T&A with an athletic twist. Pro wrestling is really dumbed down from the old days, so I'll guess roller derby probably is also.
Yeah, bring back the Iron Sheik and Jimmy Superfly Snuka!
I really liked wrestling when I was in grade five too, but dumbed down? Really?
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We come from all walks of life - doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, baristas, etc...you name it and you'll find it in roller derby. What brings us all together is an enormous sense of camaraderie and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. The modern-day derby leagues are all owned by the skaters and 100% run by the skaters in a non-profit manner. This takes a ton of work and effort to bring a bunch of Type-A women together to run a business in a democratic fashion. Most girls will put in around 10-20 hrs per week with practice and running the business in addition to numerous volunteer programs and giving back to the community and local charities. Nobody gets paid -- in fact the skaters actually pay monthly dues to be a part of the league.
I have seen some women who have completely turned their lives around with the help of derby. They found a community of strong women who will accept anyone and everyone just as they are. We truly are one big family and of course there is some drama and riffs between members we definitely are there for each other and have formed some lifelong friendships. I know of women who were in abusive relationships that were able to get out due to the help of derby, women who self-admittedly would be dead now from drugs/alcohol and poor lifestyle choices, but are now pursuing great careers or are back in school and happily on their way to a successful life.
It is not about doing it for the spectacle or for the men or women that enjoy watching it. It is about empowering yourself and feeling good about yourself no matter who you are or what you look like....and celebrating it! And not to mention it is a hell of a fun sport! Some women like to be a bit more revealing than others with their uniforms, but so what! That is their way of exuding confidence and empowering the less-than-supermodel portrayal of beauty. I see many many triathletes wearing much less in a race than these derby girls! Nobody ever seems to rip on them for that!?!! And I know for a fact that many men really enjoy that part of watching a tri.
I think if you attend a bout and actually "get" the rules and sport you will realize that it is actually a hell of a lot of fun to play! We even have a rec league that plays once per week now -- which there are never any fans to watch -- it is simply and purely 100% for the fun of the sport!
Let me tell you....it is the absolutely best "therapy" you'll ever get! Having a hard day -- go to derby and HIT some girls -- you'll feel like a whole new person, and best of all there's no hard feelings! It's expected!
Sounds a lot like going to the dojo and sparring! Which is a BLAST!
Thanks for the info Steph.
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