Villainelle was probably the most prolific, and definitely the smartest, writer for the old LDG. She started writing for LDG at about the same time she started skating for Red Stick Roller Derby in Baton Rouge. She changed a lot over the years, and her LDG work tracks her evolution, personal and derby-wise. She went from being sort of a scaredy cat (sorry, Vill) who skated around the edges of practice to being a fantastic blammer on RSRD’s A-Team, the Diables Rouges. Now she’s the President of RSRD, in nursing school, and basically a total badass. Here are some of her best pieces on LDG.
The Woman You’ve Always Been: This is Vill’s first post, and it should be required reading for anyone new to derby. She talks a lot about what drew her to derby and how it helped her find herself. It’s raw and personal and brave as shit.
I’m Not Sorry: Vill on learning how NOT to apologize.
This Feminist Darkness: Arguably the best writing on roller derby and feminism. But don’t argue with me about it. Just read it.
Sex and Roller Derby: Kinda speaks for itself.
What My Hot Pants Mean To Me: Vill on body dysmorphia and learning to love her ass.