Anna Clark is a journalist and writer from Detroit. This year, she was a Fulbright fellow in Kenya. Anna has written for Grantland, Salon, The Guardian, and other publications. You can find her at Isak and at @annaleighclark.
Creating a new sport has its challenges. Besides having to remind everybody how the game is played, roller derby has to constantly assure people that, unlike its popular predecessor, it is real. One league's slogan makes the point prominent: “Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.” On their FAQ, the WFTDA is compelled to add questions like “Is roller derby real?” and “I used to love watching roller derby on TV! Is it like that?”