By Azeen Ghorayshi | February 27, 2013
Put away your fishnets and break out your weights — it’s the new era of roller derby.
The ladies of the San Francisco ShEvil Dead want you to know they’re dead-serious when it comes to athleticism. So do the Oakland Outlaws, the Berkeley Resistance, and the Richmond Wrecking Belles. Get over the booty shorts, tutus, and theatrical hair-pulling of yesteryear; today’s version of roller derby is a full-time job in black athletic pants. “The early days of derby were definitely the fishnets and the makeup and the whole sex-on-wheels thing,” said Lori Petrini, better known as Eva Menace. “We used to drink before practice, and now most people work out like crazy outside of practice.”