Do you know why I like roller derby? It's mostly because I got to hit people.
I know. That's a terrible thing for a nice girl to say. But it's true. There's something REALLY cathartic about being able to run into things with your whole being. You can feel that deep body check all the way down in your gut. And with roller derby, it wasn't just allowed, it was encouraged—no one got offended when I did it! They just dug down deep and hit back.
There are very few places in the world where women are allowed to use their bodies in such an intense way. We usually aren't taught to fight. We aren't taught to find our power and use it. We aren't taught to stand our ground. Nice girls don't do any of those things. But we need to.
Photo cred: Yosh Ginsu