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This is a blog about cycling while feminist, celebrating the joy and empowerment of women riding bikes. It seeks to represent women of all ages, colors, sizes, abilities and identities, from first-time riders to world champions, fixed gear freestylers to singletrack slayers.

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I’ve noticed my attire seems to prompt certain responses in other road users. How do I know it’s not just an off day? Because I have the ability to change clothes.

I’m called out on my appearance daily as I go about my business on public streets without the cover of a car. Even “ordinary” attire has drawbacks. It’s no surprise most days I find myself dressing to get the reaction I want when I bike. Or at least, the most benign reaction. 

But no matter what I’m wearing it’s still just me: complex, multidimensional, and in awesome shape. 

Bikeyface - “Not Asking For It


Live in the Bay Area? Come see this and Jennifer Whalen’s California Girls with me on Friday at the Bicycle Film Festival! Program 1 is all about women’s cycling and it’s gonna be awesome. Tickets are here.

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!