Monday, September 28, 2009
Watching Roller Derby
Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore are in the new film Whip It (sort of like Bend It Like Beckham, but with hitting). I used to watch Roller Derby on TV back in high school when the Bay City Bombers were our home team. Charlie O'Connell and Joanie Weston were two of the star players at the time. Roller Derby back then wasn't cute, sexy or grrrl power; it was brutal and mesmerizing. This post by Pat Griffin reminds me of why I was fascinated by it; it was one of the few places you could see strong, tough women competing in sports on TV, back before Title IX.