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Re: “BAD Girls Battle It Out

I disagree that this sport is feminist. I like roller derby, by the way. But I don't think it's feminist at all.
To say the B.A.D Girls events have "a burlesque element thrown in" is a bit like saying there is a little skating thrown in too.
I have seen these events and they are fun, they totally rule, but the burlesque business seems to me be more than half of the reason the event is even happening.
I had an argument with a friend after I wrote a story about the Derby Girls. I said the there was a distracting amount of T&A -- not neccessarily terrible but distracting nonetheless. He suggested I would be killed if I ever got into the sport. I don't doubt him, but his point doesn't dispute that there were boobs and butts whizzing around at all times.
Call me a prude but I don't think this is "feminist" at all. I just think its silly showmanship, not unlike the showmanship of the old roller derby that looked much more like entertainment wrestling than anything else. While I am impressed with broken teeth and damaged knees, I don't think injuring yourself while showing off your tits and ass is feminist. Really, what's the difference between the BAD Girls and the lingere bowl? Not much.

Posted by Laura Casey on 08/04/2008 at 4:05 PM

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