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Comments on: Letter to a young derbyist http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/ Reflections on roller derby Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:36:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 By: Vivi Section http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14288 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:00:10 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14288 I agree with your statement, and I’ve had some similar criticism come up around this phrase in the essay specifically. It was term borrowed from a derby coach, and I meant it as she did, specifically to refer to people who adopt the trappings of derby culture, but don’t actually play. It was meant to encourage those people to play and discover the rewards that brings because I knew many people like this personally who seemed afraid. But my encouragement, in retrospect, probably comes across as critique. It was not meant to specifically discourage people from expressing themselves through clothing — though that wasn’t clear to some. It was not meant to tout conformity either. Thanks for reading!

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By: Vivi Section http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14287 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:54:56 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14287 Thanks for readig!

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By: Kimberly http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14286 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:40:06 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14286 All of my emotions wrapped up in a nice derby bow. I needed this read.

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By: Ox http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14285 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:35:01 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14285 Or DO be a fishnet girl: femme, hardworking, unreleting, non-conformist, human. You don’t have to hate on us glitterbutts to motivate! 🙂

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By: Vivi Section http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14267 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:49:43 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14267 Thanks for reading, Peta. I’m sorry if you feel like this post is somehow making fun of someone who thinks they need a break. Clearly I’ve hit a sore spot. It’s not ever my intention to make fun of anyone. The language is a bit strident here — it’s meant to represent an internal dialogue I’ve had with myself, as well as bring to life some observations I’ve made in my five and a half years in derby. Over time, I’ve seen a lot of girls who think they need a break for the wrong reasons (and take a break too early in their learning process, setting themselves back and creating more frustrations in the future). I fully recognize that in some situations, a break IS what’s needed. In fact, I acknowledge this is several posts:

http://callthejam.com/2014/10/i-took-a-break-from-derby-and-the-world-didnt-end/
http://callthejam.com/2013/12/how-to-climb-out-of-that-derby-rut/

I encourage you to read on and see that this blog is underscored with passion and understanding, and meant to motivate and encapsulate a variety of perspectives (which are sometimes contradictory). Thanks again for reading.

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By: Peta http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14266 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 07:36:57 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14266 I disagree with the comments that if u feel u need a break u don’t…..from personal experience i know that statement is complete bullshit! And i don’t appreciate people who recognise they need a break being made fun off!

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By: Vivi Section http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-14132 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:25:15 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-14132 I found this comment in some old spam — sorry it took me so long to approve this! I hope that your dedication to practice has continued and I’m wishing you the best! Thanks for your kind comments.

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By: GoreJess http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-9548 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:38:47 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-9548 Thank you for this. I needed to read it today. I was thinking that I need a break from derby but I see I actually don’t. I started Derby in the middle of June and I could barely move forward in my skates. I am still in Fresh Meat and most of my Fresh Meat friends are now Rockies and the new Fresh Meat came in skating and doing cross overs on the first night of their practice. I am grateful for this letter. I am going to practice regardless if I have a good practice or not. Thanks again!

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By: Maul-E http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-2847 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:03:17 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-2847 This is fantastic, and wonderfully written. I hope every fresh meat skater reads this!

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By: Anne http://callthejam.com/2013/03/letter-to-a-young-derbyist/#comment-965 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:23:53 +0000 http://callthejam.com/?p=615#comment-965 Thank you for writing this!

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