(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
... [I]t is, first of all, a culture. The affirmation of a certain 'girl power,' of a subversive spirit, along the lines of punk rock and rockabilly.-- "Cocoon Crash," pseudonym of a woman identified otherwise only by her given name of Carine, speaking (translation mine) of roller derby, the skate-chase-crash sport invented about 80 years ago in the United States. Carine serves as secretary of Paris Rollergirls, a 60-member-strong group that's among many women's roller derby clubs now forming in France. Touching off the trend, according to a Le Monde article by Sébastien Billard, was a recent film starring Drew Barrymore. Part of the attraction, Billard surmises, is an opportunity for women to break out of sports to which they are "too often" relegated, such as "rhythm gymnastics" and "classical dance."