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Harlot Fevah, Kitty Twister, Pussy Venom, Malicen Thunderland, Anna WrecksYa, General Lee Feisty, Triple Deck-Her. These are the pseudonyms adopted by some of the girls from the Boston Derby Dames, a team who compete in an all-female roller derby league in Massachusets.

The sport's origins can be traced as far back as the 1880s when roller skaters competed on oval tracks in marathon-like endurance races. Roller derby evolved through the 1930s into a full contact sport. By the 1970s, semi-professional teams dotted the United States, where women would sometimes aggressively prevent opponents from completing laps. Today, the sport is enjoying a resurgence and has spread far beyond the US. Teams field five skaters at a time - three blockers (defence), one pivot (last line of defence) and one jammer (scorer). Their goal is to propel the team's jammer around the circuit as many times as possible to score, while the opposing team similarly tries to prevent the scoring. While some skaters excel through agility and dexterity on their skates, blockers in particular employ sheer muscle to check, slam, and otherwise block opponents from passing.

In the 1970s, the sport was known for rowdy players, violent fights on the track and matches that were rigged for money. The new wave derby that has begun to emerge over the last five years is more about enjoyment, with girls wearing elaborate, sexy and ironic costumes that draw on satirical punk and third wave feminism.
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