Roller Grrrls

They're tough, fast and back on track

These personal relationships are classic examples of the micro-activism of the third wave. "It's not like there's one source of oppression in our society today that we have to challenge," says Piepmeier. "I think there's a lot to be said for a million people marching on Washington, but that may not be the emblematic activism of the 21st century."

Seeing their mothers in powerful, feminine roles will probably have a larger effect on the next generation than hearing their grandmothers tell stories about the crazy '60s for the 10,000th time.

Or as the 14-year-old daughter of one Houston rollergirl says, "It's cool seeing your mom beat up other people."

Rollergirls + bikini car wash = marketing genius.
Gabriel Suarez
Rollergirls + bikini car wash = marketing genius.
Mistilla "the killa" (reclining) and Becky Booty discuss the finer 
points of the game.
Daniel Kramer
Mistilla "the killa" (reclining) and Becky Booty discuss the finer points of the game.
Mistilla "the killa" (right) and Becky Booty discuss the finer 
points of the game.
Daniel Kramer
Mistilla "the killa" (right) and Becky Booty discuss the finer points of the game.
The Prosecutor congratulates an opponent at the end 
of the exhibition bout.
Daniel Kramer
The Prosecutor congratulates an opponent at the end of the exhibition bout.
Red (right) receives encouragement outside practice.
Daniel Kramer
Red (right) receives encouragement outside practice.

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