Art critic John Berger’s text Ways of Seeing suggests that women in art are often displayed for the pleasure of men, tilting their heads and looking at the viewer with an air of suggestion and submission. There’s a connection between this idea and his claim that advertising sells fantasy more than it does products; ads seem to suggest, “Buy this, and this girl will want to sleep with you.” The objectification of women ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jun 12, 2013
Is this the end of the "man bike"...? And why are bicycles gendered anyhow?
Since the beginning of time for the bicycle (1817!) bikes have had genders, and dudes have rolled around on frames made specifically for their manly selves. Officials in the Netherlands say the age-old male bike design is straight up dangerous, and want man bikes off the road.
The problem: standard men’s frames have a horizontal crossbar. That’s the “top ... Read More
BY Jennifer Welsing
on Dec 18, 2012
The Ovarian Psycos are a womyn of color bike collective trying to raise money to open a community bike shop in Boyle Heights, LA. To get this bike shop rolling, co-founders Tracey and Alisha are planning a cross country bike ride on which to gather donations and spread the word about the Ovarian Psycos.
To make this trip happen, the ladies need a cool $1,000. At present, they are a little over halfway to their goal. With this money, they'll be able to travel the ... Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Nov 28, 2012
Got beauty and brains? Want to keep it that way? Belle Helmets’ gorgeous, hand-painted helmets are the perfect combination of style and utilitarianism.
Founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Baskin, this one-woman company offers beautiful and uniquely designed helmets. You can protect your noggin and make a statement as you ride! Baskin’s designs go all across the board, so your head can sport anything from a pastoral scene to a ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 02, 2012
Susan B. Anthony said that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world,” but in the 1890s, bike-riding women weren’t exactly free to bike as they wished. Check out this list of 41 “don’ts” for female cyclists, published in 1895 by New York World:
Don’t be a fright.
Don’t faint on the road.
Don’t wear a man’s cap.
Don’t wear tight ... Read More