Ida B. ChoAzz, a roller derby player in Spokane, Washington, made good on her nickname this week when she ran down a purse snatcher through oncoming traffic.
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Have you ever been in a Roller Derby rink? I have, and it's fucking terrifying. I lasted two minutes into tryouts before I sidelined myself for being a big baby who was more interested in eating hot dogs and gossiping. So anyway, all the props in the world to the ladies who get out there and circle that big-ass,…
A few weeks ago, I unloaded about female "fitness" and how our bodies' function as tools has gotten lost in a quest to be thin. Readers responded with their own stories, and what awesome stories they are.
How's Drew Barrymore's directorial debut? Well, some critics say it's a bit slow and predictable. However, all agree that despite its faults, the rollerderby film is "unreasonably entertaining" and more intelligent and empowering than most films marketed to women.
The awesome Zoë Bell (Death Proof, Whip It) explains how to fake-clothesline someone while on rollerskates in the October issue of Wired. Illustration number 4 does not look fun. (Click to enlarge.)
Whip It, the roller derby flick that marks Drew Barrymore's directorial debut and stars Ellen Page, looks like fun. It also looks very familiar. We broke down the trailer, frame by frame, to find out why.
"We use the word 'empowering' a lot, because that's how most of us feel… As athletes, we have redefined a sport on our terms, not just a female version of a male sport." [Seattle Examiner]
"The legend of the modern roller derby has claimed its place in the Generation X canon: ... some tattooed, disaffected young women from Texas reimagined the sport as a symbol of postfeminist sisterhood."
• Women's roller derby is becoming popular in New Jersey, where seven leagues with more than a dozen teams have been created since 2005. • Fox Japan and Fuji TV network have announced that they're making a Japanese version of Sideways. • A British Muslim OB/GYN who has seen Muslim patients with bruises says she…
"Each skater registers her nom du derby on a national list. The New Yorkers have become Lil' Miss Stuffit, Surly Temple, Beatrix Slaughter, Lemony Kickit and Brigitte Barhot." I think I'd pick "Punchin' Judy" or "Skatie Couric." What would your roller derby name be? [NY Times]