July 31, 2010

Feminism and Cycling, the "Untrammeled Woman"


Cycling is inherently feminist.

Susan B Anthony, after whom the 19th Amendment is nicknamed, once said, “I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

In a time when women were prohibited from wearing pants, donning “bloomers” to straddle a bicycle saddle was seen as a bold statement of protest, liberation, and freedom. As the bicycle’s popularity soared in the 1890’s, it became a symbol of mobility, and as women began moving out of the cloistered domestic realm, the bicycle became not only a symbol but a tool of activism.

Today, especially in Los Angeles’ Car Kingdom, the bicycle is still a symbol and a tool of activism. It’s a bold statement against oil consumption, traffic, and pollution, and like all other forms of activism, it’s not easy. Cyclists are often denied their rights to the road by motorists and law enforcement. Riding a bicycle can be dangerous and discouraging. It’s not too unlike confronting men with their sexism, suffering the humiliation of gendered condescension, or constantly wondering if people are seeing you or your sex.


February 23, 2010

Eat In Week ~ Day 2:

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Susan B’s Quaker-simple Brown Rice & Lentil Soup:   eat-in-week-food-002


1/3 cup Short Grain Organic Brown Rice
1/2 cup Organic Green Lentils
2-4 Cloves Organic Garlic
2 Bay Leaves
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Organic Low Sodium Tamari
2 cups Vegetable Broth
1 Medium Organic Onion, Chopped
2 Organic Carrots, Sliced Thin
2 Stalks Organic Celery, Sliced
1/2 cup Celery Leaves, Chopped
14 oz Diced Tomatoes with their juices
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
1 tsp Organic Dried Basil
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Organic Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Organic Dried Marjoram

Combine the first seven ingredients and 1 cup of water in a heavy bottomed soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 8 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and 2 additional cups of water. Return to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the rice is tender.

February 15, 2010

Happy birthday, Susan B.

Filed under: Featured Feminist,Politics — Tags: , , — Melanie @ 1:49 pm

The tireless activist that fought on behalf of the abolitionist movement, helped lead the suffrage movement, and worked with the temperance movement to ban alcohol as a way to decrease domestic violence was born on February 15, 1820.

I appreciate her steadfastness, conviction and courage. She is a shining example to all of us.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Susan!