It is a widely known fact that feminists support gender equality. Just like men, women are capable of competing in a highly athletic sport. The legitimacy of athleticism in roller derby reinforces this prominent feminist belief. However, some traditional feminists are under the impression that roller derby is far too violent to ever be considered a legitimate sport. While their assumption may have been true in the past, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has worked to professionalize roller derby. There are strict rules and legal hit zones designed to protect skater safety. For example, “a skater may not be hit in the following locations: above the shoulders, the back of the torso, back of the buttocks, . . . back of the thigh, [or] below mid-thigh” (WFTDA, “Rules” 4.22). While the current rule se...
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