Knee Pads, Fishnet & Feminism: Inside the Roller Derby Revival
In just over a decade, roller derby has swept around the world to 40 different countries. A literature professor who competes in bouts as Stone Cold Jane Austen gives an inside view and asks what roller derby's popularity says about women in sports.
"In the context of sportsmen's lives, their spells at the very peak will be short. Yet even as we acknowledge how brief and fleeting is our acquaintance, we lean to defining a sportsman with emphasis on the sport to the exclusion of the man, perhaps because we wish chiefly to admire rather than to understand."