Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:47 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

vandulocity:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

Cool. Thanks for the info.

If MRDA uses exactly the same rules as WFTDA and is (in theory) less discriminatory, why doesn’t everyone of all genders play MRDA?

I’m guessing it’s partly because many cis people are very attatched to gender segregation?
And on the trans side of things I know a few of my non-binary and transfeminine friends would be uncomfortable being part of an organisation that is called “mens”, even if their policy IS totally gender inclusive.
Roller derby that plays WFTDA/MRDA rules really needs a non-gender-specific governing body with the MRDAs gender policy.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:18 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

My team (B-Town Brawlers in Brighton, UK) are gender inclusive (aka we don’t discriminate based on gender or lack thereof). We currently are training to MRDA /WFTDA rules simply because otherwise we would never be able to play anyone, and our skaters who are comfortable with playing in gender segregated scrims wouldn’t be able to do so. Technically the rules ARE gender neutral, it’s just a shame that the governing body is shit when it comes to gender discrimination (Er, among other things).

Personally I love MADE rules and would like us to play by them once we have enough people for interleague teams.

I have this beautiful dream where one day soon we have enough trans & gender inclusive roller derby leagues for us to have our own governin body & ruleset…

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Sunday 6th July 2014 @ 10:24 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

karemloo:

eatsass:

girls with short hair are hotter than any boy. so thats why boys get upset when girls cut their hair off. case solved

 (via)

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Friday 6th September 2013 @ 1:00 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Can someone please explain to me why the manufacturer of this sex toy thinks that women’s sexy parts are… Not in the same place as mens?

(Not to give TMI, but this is not an especially area-ambiguous sexy-fun-times toy. Like, at all.)

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Friday 6th September 2013 @ 12:58 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

thevictimcomplex:

vandulocity:

Can someone please explain to me why the manufacturer of this sex toy thinks that women’s sexy parts are… Not in the same place as mens?

(Not to give TMI, but this is not an especially area-ambiguous sexy-fun-times toy. Like, at all.)

Pause. 

It’s saying that women are ruled by their hearts and men are ruled by their penises. 

If anything, I’d say it offends men more than women. 

I agree, in principal (although both genders should be a at least a bit annoyed by the ‘ruled by heart/penis’ stereotype because a) it’s a stereotype and therefore unlikely to be true in a lot of cases and b) sexual arousal comes mostly from our brains. If it was being accurate that’s where the hearts should be! Biology!) that’s exactly what it’s saying. And if this had more of a link to relationships rather than literally being on the packaging of a sex toy I would agree specifically because not everyone in the world has my take on relationships and sex. That’s cool. But in this case, it’s supposed to be showing that it’s a UNISEX toy. Like, the heart on the dude figure? That’s is where you want to be putting this.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to ram anal beads into my chest… Anyone who would use them like that, please send me an ask because I am hello curious 😉

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