At six foot tall, Josh “Little Brother” Misner is no ordinary roller derby player, though it is not his height that is the most unusual. Today’s flat track roller derby, with its stylistic roots in rockabilly and punk rock counter culture, brings up images of fishnet stockings and push up bras on hard hitting women. Mustaches and protective cups are typically not in the picture.
But, with something as great as flat track roller derby, it’s inevitable the guys are going to want to try to muscle in on the action.
Mixed gender and men’s flat track derby teams started popping up about 2005 in the United States. Today, in Western Canada there are three men’s teams, Red Deer Roller Derby Association’s (RDRDA) Dreadnoughts, Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir Dogs, and the Vancouver Murder.
Still, men playing derby is relatively rare. When merby in Canada is played, the teams often have to borrow players, both men and women, from others to fill their rosters.
I caught up with Little Brother of the Dreadnoughts, who I skate with, and against, in mixed gender league practices and scrimmages at RDRDA, and asked a few question about being a man playing what is mainly considered a women’s sport. (more…)