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Published on March 7th, 2012 | by Mercy Less

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Respect our elders?

So, I was raised to respect my elders, and in my book, a 91 year old woman gets to say whatever she damned well pleases. However, here’s a bit of a snapshot of how another generation sees things. For me, personally, the shocker was the fat shaming bit. It made me feel grateful for being part of an era with different body image ideals.

My intent here is not to start an internet shitstorm around a lady who deserves respect even if we don’t have hers, by the way, so let’s be gentle about comments. It’s just a look at a different perspective. Will we all be this entitled and opinionated about the era we played derby in, one day? I know I can feel it creeping in on me personally every time I see a jam where no one is actually skating, or I hear another story about an aggressive skater coach fat shaming a skater (that’s not *my* roller derby! *shakes old, gnarled fist*).

Article and audio on Roller Derby UK.

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