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Is There Such a Thing as a 'Feminine' Way to Ride a Bike?

While I immediately balk at any whiff of gender essentialism, this is a great read (once you get past the femme-bashing first comment). 

freakedoutandparanoid:

© Deborah Jimenez 2011 All Rights Reserved.
Another portrait for my Editorial class. This is June Havent, who comes all the way from France, at Westwind Lakes Skate Park in Kendall. That I know of, she is the only girl riding BMX in South Florida. Representin’ for the ladies!

freakedoutandparanoid:

© Deborah Jimenez 2011 All Rights Reserved.

Another portrait for my Editorial class. This is June Havent, who comes all the way from France, at Westwind Lakes Skate Park in Kendall. That I know of, she is the only girl riding BMX in South Florida. Representin’ for the ladies!

appelsiinimehu:

bikeladiesunite:

girlswithclothesonbikes:

  1. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS
  2. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS
  3. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS 

THEY DO NOT EXIST FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT OR NICHE FETISH. 

THEY DO NOT EXIST FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT OR NICHE FETISH.

STOP.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. 

can we sexualize male cyclists??!

but really, this whole objectification of women thing is like.. tiresome.

if women consent to be models/photographed in that way, that was their decision. they should be aware of the implications of their actions. 

not sure what the exact context of the original post was but, i guess if it was a totally “innocent” photo, that somehow got sexualized (give me examples?), then that would be a reasonable plea. 

The objectification of women is not tiresome, it is tiring for women. We are exhausted from having to deal with it in literally every facet of our lives, and it’s the most tiring when it creeps into something like cycling that otherwise empowers us. The luxury of finding it tiresome is available only to those who are not subject to it (men) or who suffer from special snowflake syndrome (other women). 

Objectifying images are a symptom of a culture that objectifies women, not the cause. These images would not exist without (overwhelmingly male) demand for them. Stop trying to blame women for our own marginalization. 

The post never had a photo. Its “exact context” is the heteropatriarchy we’re all living in. A plea to end it is more than reasonable. 

girlswithclothesonbikes:

  1. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS
  2. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS
  3. STOP SEXUALIZING WOMEN/TRANS/FEMME CYCLISTS 

THEY DO NOT EXIST FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT OR NICHE FETISH. 

THEY DO NOT EXIST FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT OR NICHE FETISH.

STOP.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. 

nolifelikethislife:

JP Bevins’ 4x5 film portraits from the first ever women’s field at the Redhook Crit are now viewable online at No Life Like This Life. Here he is on the series:
“I wish I could emphasize how much the women of the cycling world coming out and crushing this incredibly hard event, despite the weather conditions, despite a crash during the women’s race that left a racer with a broken collarbone, despite having to travel across the country, overseas, or from their home on the other end of Brooklyn, these women are amazing. I’m honored I was able to shoot them.”

I just wish their names had been included in the post! Here are some more, but definitely check out the site for the full set. They are all gorgeous. 

nolifelikethislife:

JP Bevins’ 4x5 film portraits from the first ever women’s field at the Redhook Crit are now viewable online at No Life Like This Life. Here he is on the series:

I wish I could emphasize how much the women of the cycling world coming out and crushing this incredibly hard event, despite the weather conditions, despite a crash during the women’s race that left a racer with a broken collarbone, despite having to travel across the country, overseas, or from their home on the other end of Brooklyn, these women are amazing. I’m honored I was able to shoot them.”

I just wish their names had been included in the post! Here are some more, but definitely check out the site for the full set. They are all gorgeous. 

Sorry if you never got a reply…

I’ve just discovered that I have a TON of unread messages and submissions that I somehow missed, going back at least a year. So I’ll be clearing it all out in the coming days. 

Oh, and keep filling up the inbox - I want to meet you and your bike!

Peleton Magazine: The Champagne of Bad April Fool’s Jokes

Dear Ben Edwards,

Hi there! Bike Ladies Unite here, your friendly local feminist cycling blog. Yesterday I read your article in Peleton Magazine, “UCI to Ban Champagne Use During Podium Celebrations" and fell for it, as I do for most April Fool’s jokes, because I am a sadly gullible person. 

For a minute, I believed that UCI really decided to address sexism in cycling by banning champagne showers, saying that such an “overtly male” and “gender biased” tradition is unwelcome in ”today’s society of gender equality.” I believed it because women are used to seeing our concerns handled badly. I believed it because UCI is only beginning to get its shit together about women’s racing. And I believed it because, as previously stated, I’m gullible. 

But when I read the part about Italians and sprinters having the strongest sprays, I realized your article is a poorly executed dick joke, one at the expense of women cyclists. You are equating our sincere efforts to address sexism in cycling with something completely ridiculous that we do not care about. You are warning the (male) cycling world that if we continue on this path to gender parity, we should expect to have less fun and more rules, since women are always out to rain on everyone’s parade (with water, not champagne, of course). You are trivializing a very real problem and mocking us for demanding long-overdue respect. Maybe you didn’t mean to, but that’s what you did. 

Here are some headlines you could have written articles for instead: “UCI Preemptively Bans Podium Boys, Citing Insult to Male Cyclists”; “La Course by Le Tour To Require Pink Skirted Kits For Riders”; “Investigation Finds Pat McQuaid Behind 95% Of Angry Comments On Women’s Cycling Articles.” Notice that they satirize how far behind cycling is in supporting women. They punch up where yours punched down. Hell, maybe you should have just stayed away from the gender issue entirely. Maybe then your article would have been more like Road.cc’s April Fool’s joke, which was actually funny and also succeeded in lambasting UCI’s tendency toward over-regulation. That would have been nice. 

But because you wrote this article in the first place, I don’t expect you care that I’m pissed off. I’d be surprised if you’re even reading this, but if you are, I bet that if anything you’ll issue a non-apology, where you say that you’re sorry if you offended anyone. Or maybe you’ll mock me for being a humorless feminist who can’t take a joke. Most likely you’ll do nothing. 

Whatever you do or don’t do, rest assured that when it comes to supporting women’s cycling the peleton has already left the start. Holding out will only get more embarrassing for you, so I suggest you hurry up. 

See you on the champagne-soaked podium. 

Love,
BLU

yoinsolente:

Nosotras somos: Insolente.
gentendf:

Les pregunté si así andaban en bici y si no es incómodo:
-No, al contrario, nos dan el paso, si nos chiflan pero no pasa de eso.
Ellas son Yo Insolente @YoInsolente
Foto: Antonio Cruz @el_doncruz

yoinsolente:

Nosotras somos: Insolente.

gentendf:

Les pregunté si así andaban en bici y si no es incómodo:

-No, al contrario, nos dan el paso, si nos chiflan pero no pasa de eso.

Ellas son Yo Insolente @YoInsolente

Foto: Antonio Cruz @el_doncruz