That question has been, without a doubt, the hardest question to figure out an answer to through all of this. And the one question for which I built my life around over the last 5 years, to not have to answer.
Good morning, afternoon, evening… whatever time it is where you are right now, reading this.
It’s been great getting to know you. And we’ve loved you getting to know us. It seems the affection is mutual.
We asked you for your thoughts about our site, but in the process we got the exciting chance to know more about you. About what you see us being for the community, and what you want covered, the kinds of writing you want to read, and how you feel about roller derby more generally. We hear you.
And it seems like we have so many of the same thoughts, hopes and dreams. We suspected as much.
We have successfully built a baseline from which to begin our conversation about race and roller derby. I suppose, considering recent events in the world, the timing of all of this could not, unfortunately, be more perfect.
So now come to visit the dimly lit space where some of your teammates dreadfully await the moment they have to choose… Derby tranquility? Or speak my truth?
This episode is about micro-aggressions and their macro impact on skaters, teams, leagues, and the sport of roller derby itself.
Last fall, the WFTDA released what felt like a long overdue statement on gender, removing the hormonal requirement for transgender skaters. A lot of my friends were very excited about this. I was a little underwhelmed.
It’s not that I don’t like that particular gender statement (though I personally much prefer the MRDA non-discrimination policy because – humblebrag – I wrote it). A policy based on self-identification is essential. After all, for nearly any minimum standard of femininity you set, you could find a cis woman who doesn’t qualify.
Rather, I was underwhelmed because a change in policy does precious little for the transgender skaters I know – myself included.
You’ve made it through to the final part of this series! If you need a reminder, feel free to go back over parts Iand II, to make it through. But otherwise… keep on here.
And although it’s by no means the end of discussion for mental health tactics to make it through your derby career, this will hopefully get you through to the end of this practice. And maybe even the next. And so on.