"This is my first cabbage! You know, a lot of times they’re kind of soft, but this one is solid! It’s going to be good eatin’!"
"What are you going to make with it?"
"Well, this one I’m giving to my parents. You have to give the first one away or you just spoil the whole spirit of gardening."
Come get some zucchini at my house.
No Skirt, No Justice | HELLARAD
Many of you may have already read this but I’d like to hear your opinion.
I personally believe that derby can become a mainstream, respected sport without losing its individuality. Skaters, officials, fans, announcers, anyone involved with the sport should be encouraged to wear what they want and act how they want as long as they’re serious about the game when it’s time to get down to business. And if what they want to do is wear uniform leggings and go by their legal names, then more power to them. Derby has always been about respecting people for their differences, and I think we should continue that tradition. I agree with everything Hurt has to say, but I disagree with the response he has gotten from people who are afraid of change within the sport.
What are your thoughts?
We were talking on FB the other day about this bout we had several years ago - our team made t-shirts making fun of the other team (like Cuntillac for Cadillac, Mel Cankles for Mel Mangles, etc.) They made fun of us in their intro. This would noooot be okay today. Is that good or bad? It’s friendlier but a little less fun. I’m okay with that.
Then there was the time when Acid got us to do a Lady Gaga-themed intro where we crawled around like cats? Is there no video of this somewhere?
Cadillac had a shirt for our Lobster fundraiser game made with that name on it (Thanks Left Turn Clothing!). She was scolded, but you could tell people were amused who noticed (and most didn’t).
Derby can still be fun, but it bums me out the newer folks don’t even know about Hellarad and all this ridiculousness. I think we can find a space to be hilarious but still vaguely professional at the league level. Showboating? Dance parties? Lady Gaga intros? Funny uniforms? Hell yes. I mean, Scratcher wore the nude suit a mere season ago at Champs.
The WFTDA level seems so serious to me, but I like it that way. Maybe I’m a kill joy, but if you’re playing the best in the world you gotta class it up a little to woo sponsors and professional athletics. Showboating? Unitards? Not so much. Dance parties? Silly intros? Still totally acceptable.
Beyond the Pros and Cons of Trigger Warnings: Collectivizing Healing
Beyond the Pros and Cons of Trigger Warnings: Collectivizing Healing Andrea Smith When I used to work as an anti-violence crisis counselor full-time, a counselor in another agency confided in me th…
really really love her take on this.
I frequently check out while my boss tells me a woman’s sexual assault story. The time I went through a DV training I had to leave the room to catch my breath.
Sometimes I feel like I’m not allowed to have the job I do, no matter how much I’m committed to the cause. Because there is not space to heal and be healed at once in social services.