The World Naked Bike ride cycles into town this Saturday, protesting car culture and celebrating body positivity. Every year, the World Naked Bike Ride sees budding cyclists join together to protest oil dependency and car culture, as well as to shine a light on the vulnerability of cyclists. The stripped-down event is completely legal, too.
She works specifically on questions of gender in late nineteenth-century literature and culture, with a specific interest in embodiment and material cultures. She has a book forthcoming on gender and technology in late nineteenth-century literature, and also publishes on feminist activism, pedagogy, and the medical humanities. What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?
Peacock said. Let them fail. Make bossy a virtue.
The World Naked Bike Ride WNBR is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport the vast majority on bicyclesbut some on skateboards and inline skatesto "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world. The dress code motto is "bare as you dare". Body artsuch as body paintingare common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art bikesportable sound reinforcement systems such as public address systems, bullhorns and boomboxes and musical instruments or other types of noisemakers.
The main image attached to the published speech was of two Aboriginal women performing an ancient Aboriginal ceremony at a public protest in Central Australia in Her account was reactivated late yesterday evening, only to be suspended a few hours later — this time for seven days — after Liddle re-shared the petition, containing the Aboriginal image. Liddle told New Matilda she would consider legal action over the matter.
How can I convey the perfection of my comfort on the bicycle, the completeness of my union with her, the sweet responses she gave me at every particle of her frame? I felt that I had known her for many years and that she had known me and that we understood each other utterly … I passed my hand with unintended tenderness — sensuously indeed — across the saddle … It was a gentle saddle yet calm and courageous … Her saddle seemed to spread invitingly into the most enchanting of all seats while her two handlebars, floating finely with the wild grace of alighting wings, beckoned to me to lend my mastery for free and joyful journeyings, the lightest of light running in the company of the swift ground winds to safe havens far away, the whir of the true front wheel in my ear as it spun perfectly beneath my clear eye and the strong fine back wheel with unadmired industry raising gentle dust on the dry roads, How desirable her seat was, how charming the invitation of her slim encircling handlebars, how unaccountable competent and reassuring her pump resting warmly against her rear thigh. Horses were ridden side-saddle and, such was male paranoia, it was considered abhorrent for girls to sit astride any object, even a see-saw or hobby-horse.
The story of the bicycle is a story of change. From the moment mankind started rolling on two wheels, the bike has empowered rebels with a cause. Whether they're saving the environment or forcing authority to listen up, people are making their voices heard through the power of the ride.
This is a post I originally wrote for Bikes Not Bombs. It is sadly comforting that women from most parts of the world face very similar barriers to cycling. We decided to start with one of the simplest barriers to address: learning how to ride a bike.
Are you sure? Someone in the world must have had that thought. Because the Signorina bicycle exists and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why someone would make it unless they had the desire to look like a misogynistic asshole everywhere they went.
Companies have long used images of scantily clad, naked or simply strangely posed women to sell products, and the bicycling industry is no exception. Recently, the bicycle company Colnago has been criticized for images featuring women posed next to high-end bicycles posed in strange positions wearing impractical clothing. Colnago has since apologized, although it is yet to be seen whether the apology will lead to any meaningful change in their advertising.