Is All Publicity Good Publicity?
I’m sharing this blog post about a video put out by Limitless Performance, a clothing company out of the United Kingdom. It is by @SheRidesCycling and is worth a read.
I think it articulates very well the past and current problem with sexism in general, more specifically, sexism in cycling, and more commonly (but come on–boring at this point) sexism in advertising. Here is the main point, from the link above:
“that video is an indication that we can consider women to still be inadequate; not fast enough, not strong enough and not interesting enough.”
I have considered blogging about some of my personal experience with being a woman in a sport (even in recreational space) dominated by men. I have some stories. But for now–this will do. This isn’t a sweeping condemnation against men (and shouldn’t be because a lot of men are awesome about welcoming and celebrating women who ride), but rather acknowledges an attitude that women experience rather regularly. It’s lousy feeling.
I know many of my readers are male and my interactions with them have been 99% positive. The connection is about cycling, as it should be. I thank my male readers and the other men in the cycling community who recognize that inclusion beats exclusion.
I’m on the fence about saying more about this. I’ve tried very, very hard to keep the focus of this blog strictly to cycling without overlap into political or social issues. But maybe it’s time.
PS–that 1% was a guy I verbally spanked after a snide remark. He apologized and said that I made him feel bad. I don’t like to make people feel bad. But if it changed his attitude a bit, then there’s no reason we all can’t get along in the end, which is my entire point.