Whip It (2)
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in Roller Derby because it threatens the level of priority she gives to their friendship. Oliver prioritises his own needs over those of Bliss, as opposed to allowing her needs to have equal status. Iron Maven makes it her priority to destroy Bliss, feeling intense jealousy of her youth and potential. Bliss’ mother – also consumed with jealousy, and the consequent guilt – seeks to manipulate Bliss for her own purposes, prioritising her own social status. It is only Blliss’s seemingly ineffectual father, Earl (Daniel Stern), and team-mate Maggie Mayhem that truly offer Bliss unconditional acceptance.

This is, essentially, the theme of the film – and cuts right to the heart of its feminist credentials. Bliss is naturally drawn to the people that offer unconditional acceptance, because they em...

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