Tag Archives: Gender

You can't be what you can't see: A call ...

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This is a guest post by the author of the wonderful new blog Feministic Fitness (who has chosen to keep her pointed commentary anonymous for the time being). You can read a longer version, containing further details of the author’s choice of academics over sports at her blog. Or if you’re inclined to take immediate [...]

Why don't women ride the Tour de France?

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This is a guest post by Lindsay Kandra, a Portland-based lawyer, bike racer, blogger, and contributor to Our Bodies, Our Bikes. She is one of my fellow Portland Society board members. At our last meeting, the Reve Team effort to ride the famously grueling Tour de France course came up, and someone asked the question [...]

Yoga, testosterone, and taking the lane

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Update: Pedal, Stretch, Breathe is becoming a full-on book. Fund it here to get your copy! I’m hard at work today laying out Pedal, Stretch, Breathe, Kelli Refer‘s zine about yoga and bicycling. At the beginning, Kelli has devised some suggestions for a quick three minute stretching routine you can do before you get on [...]

5 ways to include women in bicycling

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I recently was asked to participate in a bike-related event, and enthusiastically said yes. Then I learned more logistical details, which led me to have some second thoughts. I received several emails in response to my questions from several of the (all male) organizers, one of which concluded thusly: “We want women in this ride. [...]

Street harassment: Anatomy of a pain in ...

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Walking to the grocery store yesterday, I passed by two teenagers who were smoking and drinking 40s behind the taco joint next to the club across the street from my destination. As I got close to them, the one with his back to me glanced at me and then back at his friend, who took [...]

Bikes and fashion (and me) meet in Black...

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The lady in this photo is Sheilanova Molina y Vedia, our host during our brief stay in Austin two weeks ago, looking chic as she headed out to her office, by bike of course. Though we stayed at her house, we only saw her for a few minutes; she was busy organizing a bicycling fashion [...]

The power of tooting your own horn

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Last weekend in Seattle I was lucky to participate in a roundtable discussion consisting of two of the other Expo presenters, Amy Walker and Ulrike Rodrigues, and women on the staff and board of the Cascade Bicycle Club — all of us leaders in the bike movement, as Kathy McCabe, the CBC’s deputy director and [...]

This is not an International Women's Day...

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The Internet reminds me that today is International Women’s Day. It’s a day when many of the sites I frequent will highlight the accomplishments of prominent women, or pay special tribute to participants in various aspects of the bike world who are women. This is better than nothing, I suppose, but seeing these posts is [...]

Bridging the bicycling gender gap

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The gender gap in cycling is alive and well, both in transportation and sports (I may have mentioned this a time or two in the past). Fortunately, there are always plenty of inspiring people ready to disregard the obstacles, tear up the stats, and bridge that gap. Two such stories broke this morning. The first [...]

Bike-Sexuality -- a call for submissions

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Update: BikeSexuality exists! You can buy a copy here. “Bike-sexual” panel from TTL5(click to make bigger) The seed of this idea started while the submissions for Our Bodies, Our Bikes were rolling in. The first several entries were also the most frankly sexual, and their writers, even the ones who chose to remain anonymous, ended [...]

Hey bike industry, we aren't Barbie doll...

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An excellent post on the excellent blog Sociological Images today pointed out a number of spot-on examples of ways companies assume that men are their standard market, but label products marketed to women as such. For example, you can often choose between a small t-shirt or a women’s small t-shirt; at my long-ago high school, [...]

Cycling's gender gap, explained

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I’ve written about why there is a gender gap in cycling in the U.S., and have struggled to explain that it isn’t because women are so damn womanly but rather because we’re an economic underclass and our transportation choices are more constrained than those of our male peers. So it was great to read a [...]

Sharing the road with Bitch

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The first issue of Taking the Lane zine is out of print. If you want to read it but didn’t get one of those 500 copies I underprinted, you’re in luck — you can now read a big old excerpt in the current issue of Bitch Magazine. My copy just got here and they made [...]

Women, bikes, and the futon bike

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I’m posting this mostly as an excuse for the photo. The article it goes with, profiling several women in Portland’s bike industry, is really nice as well, and worth a look. The article is in up and coming Portland online news source Neighborhood Notes. And it’s written by Melissa Reeser, a poet, blogger, and the [...]