Tuesday night, as I was squinting across the rink at my teammate (and fellow LDG author!) Moxie Balboa, all I could see were the words “SEX” and “ROLLER DERBY” written across her shirt.
Makes sense, I thought to myself. They’re obviously the same thing.
Later, I would realize that Moxie’s shirt ACTUALLY read “The only things I think about are SEX and ROLLER DERBY.” But the amount of space the two items occupy in my brain is not the only thing they have in common. And so, inspired by Moxie’s practice gear, I bring to you:
“Oops! I Didn’t Mean To Do THAT:” Lessons Learned In Bed and On the Track
1. Your first time will get you sweaty and messy – and you’ll probably kind of suck.
I wish someone had told me this before I learned it for myself. Like Mannie Freshmeat, I watched my first bout imagining myself whooshing around the track, scoring a million points and knocking down the other players like bowling pins. I would be the 6 Million Dollar Woman on Wheels, a faster, stronger, better model than anything anyone had ever seen. But fantasies and reality just aren’t the same thing, whether you’re on the track or in the sack. (Someone should hire me to write a cliched sex-self-help book. I’m really good at this rhyming catch-phrase thing.) I just might be willing to admit that, as an inexperienced preteen, I imagined myself as the Lady with the Magic Vagina. When my “first time” came, I would please my partner and myself simultaneously, a pure concentration of vulvic power. (Note: WordPress thinks that “vulvic” is not a word. Should it be “vulvar?” Who wants “vulvar” powers? That doesn’t sound nearly as awesome.) When I finally actually managed to get in the same room with a real-life naked dude, things weren’t quite that explosive. While points were scored, I was definitely not lead jammer. And there might have been a handful of major penalties involved.
2. Size doesn’t really matter.
Sure, there are people who try to tell you that big girls can’t skate fast enough, or that skinny minnies won’t be able to take (or give) a hit. But for every single skeptic, there are at least 5 derby girls out on a flat track right now, proving her wrong. We derbies are proud of the diversity of physical bodies that inhabit our ranks, and we know that the human form is beautiful in all its incarnations. People who use their beds as size-ist war zones should take a lesson from the derby rule book. Bodies can do amazing and unexpected things, no matter their shape or size. Haters are missing out.
3. Fancy shit is fine, but if you don’t know the basics, you can’t get far
The night my friend Q lost his virginity, he accidentally learned that he was fantastically adept at performing in a backbend-intensive position called “London Bridge.” His girlfriend, also a virgin, loved the position and claimed it made her cum every time. Consequently, Q started to believe that London Bridge was some kind of lady-pleasing secret that his sexually active bro-friends just hadn’t uncovered. After all, he could make a girl climax every time!!! Like my pre-cherry-popping self, he assumed he was some sort of sexual superhero. About six months later, he and his girlfriend broke up, and -eager to try out his super-secret power – he found a new partner. During their first encounter, he almost immediately folded himself into a backbend, trying to initiate London Bridge. His new orgasm-candidate glared questioningly at him and said, “Are you doing a BACKBEND?”
“Yeah!” he answered, “It’s awesome! Go ahead; climb on top.”
She didn’t. Instead, she pushed him back onto the floor and – in a moment far more forceful than anything I experienced as a teen – said to him, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Don’t you know how to just FUCK?”
Don’t be like Q. Don’t limit your repertoire to the most complicated trick and believe it makes you the Super-Secret Power-Skater. One day down the road, you’ll get your ass kicked by a girl who can do a mean t-stop. Learn the basics.
This is not the end of the SEX and ROLLER DERBY comparison. I’ll be back next week with more, if I haven’t thought of something more urgent to say. In the meantime, submit your own comparisons! I’ll write up the best ones in next week’s entry.