What's the best way to take down the patriarchy? You can subvert it. Confront it. Overturn it. Or, you can take a cue from the League of Lady Wrestlers and you can leapfrog body guillotine that patriarchy into a bloody pulp.
Meet The Stinker, Helga Hysteria, and Doughnut Messaround -- just some of the badass dames who, as a pastime, pummel each other, glitter and all. They're the League of Lady Wrestlers, an amateur crew of female-identifying badasses who throw down in the name of feminism.
Earlier this month, the princesses of pain kicked ass at the The Island Rumble II, an evening of destruction held at Toronto's Artscape Gibraltar Point. In the event that you missed it, Toronto-based photographer Aaron Wynia was there to capture the most bruised-up, knocked-out moments.
"I had no idea what the League of Lady Wrestlers was until my friend Erin informed and invited me a couple days beforehand," Wynia explained to The Huffington Post. "I was immediately allured at the idea of their costumes. I imagined a lot of glitter, latex and wild makeup. Inevitably I thought how great it would be to make images of the whole thing."
Fluorescent wigs, metallic unitards, intergalactic face paint and bulging muscles take center stage as the babely deliverers of pain grapple with gender stereotypes and, occasionally, suffocate an opponent via a yeast-infected crotch.
All hail the League of Lady Wrestlers. Regardless of who took home the trophy that night, they're all winners. Check out the night's raucous festivities with Wynia's captivating photos below.
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