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Floor-length dresses were the mainstay of Western European and American women’s fashion for centuries, but they were never particularly practical items of clothing for daily wear. Hems dragged in the mud, and voluminous skirts made walking, let alone other types of physical activity, difficult. Not that women were expected to run, jump, or play sports. (Medical science firmly believed that too much exercise was harmful to a woman in her childbearing years, as it might damage her uterus and result in sterility. Read More
What's that you say? You don't have a bike with which to properly enjoy this beautiful springtime weather? Well, being that we just celebrated Earth Day, and bikes are the greenest ways to get from point A to point Bae, we have some rad rides to save the day (and the planet). Read More
A Belgian advertisement for the upcoming 2015 E3 Harelbeke cycling competition released an image of a male biker reaching up to grab a woman’s exposed behind. The tagline: “Who squeezes them in Harelbeke?” Not only is this ad disgusting, but it says zero about the actual sport and alienates any female cyclists who might want to participate as equals. Sigh. The design was inspired by previous winner Solvak Peter Sagan, who pinched a woman’s behind at the Tour de Flanders in 2013; an off-putting and clear display of sexism and sexual assault. Read More
  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 sells.    Motorcycle advertising is no exception. Read More
  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 tube” in this handy diagram:   It's really high, straight-across, and a real pain when you need to catch yourself as you fall. Read More