Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 7 (2):245-258 (2012)
|Abstract||Roller derby, once known for scripted theatricality that made it more like a stage play than a sport, has reinvented itself as a legitimate athletic endeavour. Since its rebirth as the Women's Flat Track Derby Association in the early 2000s, it has experienced exponential growth, from 30 flat track derby leagues in 2005 to more than 450 leagues in 2010. This translates to more than 15,000 skaters worldwide. Roller derby provides a unique case of a women's sport that is not derived from, or a diminutive version of, a men's sport, proudly stating as its philosophy a commitment to be ?by the skaters, for the skaters?. This do-it-yourself aspect opens the way for examination of what a sport wholly created by women looks like and how that differs from sports created by men. The WFTDA claims that roller derby is empowering and revolutionary, yet some critics have claimed that the skaters reinforce rather than dismantle gender stereotypes. Using tools from previous gender critiques, I analyse several aspects of roller derby for their emancipatory potential and conclude that, while not completely unproblematic, the sport can function as a force for reshaping ideas about women, femininity, and sport|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Leslie A. Howe (2007). Being and Playing: Sport and the Valorisation of Gender. In William J. Morgan (ed.), Ethics in Sport. Human Kinetics, Inc.
Paul Davis & Charlene Weaving (eds.) (2010). Philosophical Perspectives on Gender in Sport and Phyiscal Activity. Routledge.
Paula L. Rechner & Dennis L. Smart (2011). An Examination of the Effects of Sport Involvement on Ethical Judgments in Sport and Business. Ethics and Behavior 22 (2):142 - 157.
Kutte Jönsson (2007). Who's Afraid of Stella Walsh? On Gender, 'Gene Cheaters', and the Promises of Cyborg Athletes. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (2):239 – 262.
Lisa Edwards & Carwyn Jones (2007). A Soft Gynocentric Critique of the Practice of Modern Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 1 (3):346 – 366.
Jacquelyn Osborne, Sport, Games, Women and Warriors : An Historical and Philosophical Examination of the Early Irish Ulster Cycle.
Michael Burke (2004). What Would Happen If a 'Woman' Outpaced the Winner of the Gold Medal in the 'Men's' One Hundred Meters? Philosophy in the Contemporary World 11 (1):35-43.
M. Andrew Holowchak (2003). Aggression, Gender, and Sport: Reflections on Sport as a Means of Moral Education. Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (3):387–399.
Lisa Edwards (2011). Philosophical Perspectives on Gender in Sport and Physical Activity. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 4 (3):355-359.
Paul Davis & Charlene Weaving (eds.) (2010). Philosophical Perspectives on Gender in Sports. Routledge.
Harry Brod (1987). The New Men's Studies: From Feminist Theory to Gender Scholarship. Hypatia 2 (1):179 - 196.
Robert A. Mechikoff (2006). A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World. Mcgraw-Hill.
Andrew Edgar (2013). The Modernism of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 7 (1):121 - 139.
Anca Gheaus (2008). Basic Income, Gender Justice and the Costs of Gender-Symmetrical Lifestyles. Basic Income Studies 3 (3).
M. R. King (2012). A League of Their Own? Evaluating Justifications for The Division of Sport Into 'Enhanced' and 'Unenhanced' Leagues. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 6 (1):31-45.
Added to index2012-11-10
Total downloads2 ( #245,904 of 722,826 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #60,541 of 722,826 )
How can I increase my downloads?