NOTE: This post has nothing to do with cooking. I apologize, but I have very few outlets for my frustrations regarding dumb people. I hope you all can forgive me for this one day. -Denny
I was recently referred to your article by a friend on Facebook. Gotta love social networks, eh? (Note: I have linked to the actual article at the bottom of this post, if you decide he deserves a click)
It was quite the interesting read, to say the least. In case you forgot, I just wanted to remind you that you suggested that roller derby wasn’t really a sport. Quoted:
“As far as I can tell it involves a number of well-built young women in various stages of undress, roller skating with malicious intent. I have no doubt that there is an element of sweaty physicality involved and there might be some tactics employed. But, basically, it looks like an excuse for violence and brutality with a dubious element of perversion thrown in for salacious pleasure.”
I have to say that I completely disagree with your position, because I don’t really think you even had a position. I honestly can’t tell if your article was meant to be satiric, because the only argument you seemed to make against Roller Derby as a sport (written further down in the article) was its rampant use of fishnet stockings.
So just to clarify: your definition of a sport is one that only allows certain articles of…clothing?
While it is true that some women are undoubtedly ogled while playing derby, there are people ogled in every sport you listed in your article.
Athletes are People love athletes for a reason: people love a perfect figure. I have seen plenty of magazine covers featuring a nearly naked David Beckham, a nearly naked Serena Williams, and a nearly naked Dennis Rodman (with wacky hair colors, to boot!). A two-second Google search even netted me a picture of four rugby players using rugby balls to cover their genitalia. I could send it to you if you like, or you can just do a Google image search for “good looking rugby players.”
Just make sure you’re boss isn’t around. Trust me on this one. I would link to it here, but I’m not interested in getting blocked by NetNanny for the foreseeable future.
In the interest of comparing apples to apples, Adrian, please do another search with the phrase “good looking roller derby players.” Let me know if you find anything as revealing in the latter as you do in the former, won’t you? Because I sure can’t. Note: In the interest of full disclosure, SafeSearch was set to ‘Moderate’ in both instances.
You know what I do see in these pictures, though? I see women. I see strong women of all shapes and sizes coming together, skating and playing a sport together. They aren’t trying to fight over a man or over a nice pair of shoes, as Sex in the City wants us to believe that all women are hard-wired to do. They are simply playing a sport together, using their guts and their muscle and their brains to try to beat one another for an hour. Then they go have beers together and compare bruises.
I’ll try not to read between the lines too much and assume that a sport dominated by women scares you (then again, I guess I did assume that. Turns out we can all make sweeping generalizations, huh?).
You are correct on some points, however: there is indeed “sweaty physicality” and tactics are employed. Come to any bout in the world and you’ll see women shouting plays, changing strategies mid-jam, and performing blocking maneuvers on par with any other sport (these are commonly referred to as “screen plays” by those apparently so “freakishly tall and ungainly” that a whole sport was invented just for them). Derby girls do all of these things in a pack of ten people, separated by inches from one another, while on roller skates. Do me a favor, Adrian: this Friday night, go to a local roller disco with nine of your friends and try to skate in a pack separated by a few inches from everyone else. You’ve mastered that? Great.
Now hit another friend with your shoulder.
These women are athletes, plain and simple. This sport requires finesse, agility, strength, stability, explosive speed, and a keen mind. How is that different than any other sport?
Finally, Adrian, could you explain to me how Roller Derby displays “violence and brutality with a dubious element of perversion?” How is roller derby any different than rugby, for example? I would argue that rugby is much more violent than roller derby ever hopes to be, and as my quick romp on Google shows, anyone can be sexualized (even those in sports predominantly played by men. The horror!). At least derby girls wear a full complement of safety equipment, including helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, and mouth guards. What is required of rugby players? A mouth guard. Roller derby is about as brutal as sleeping on a memory foam bed by comparison.
In summation, I would like you to immediately remove football “(the real one with the round ball)”, tennis, basketball, and rugby from your comprehensive list of actual sports. Clearly these are “crude amusement[s]” as well, since they are both violent and can be sexualized.
Some might argue that tennis isn’t violent enough to be removed from the list. John McEnroe just stopped by to non-violently throw a tennis racket at your face.
Thanks bunches for the thought-provoking article. Grade A stuff.
P.S. I have a great idea for your next article. Can you suggest that Michelangelo’s David isn’t art, since everyone notices his penis right away?
NOTE: The actual article can be found here. I copied it exactly in the link at the beginning of the post, in case you don’t want to click through to his website.