Monthly Archives: January 2010

Bicycles and Women’s Liberation.

Suck it, dudez! We're wearin' bloomers & ridin' bi-cycles!

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

–Susan B. Anthony, 1896

For more on how the bicycle changed the way women moved and dressed in the transitional 1890s, the types of derision with which they were met (national anti-bloomer brigades?), and the somewhat hysteric concerns the bicycle raised in contemporary minds (“could riding a bicycle be damaging to a woman’s sexual organs? could she [gasp!] potentially become aroused from riding a bicycle???), click here. This essay is from a website dedicated Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. It looks as though the primary function of the website is to advertise Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin, a book about Annie Londonderry and her victorious adventure. It was just published this past fall and is now widely available, including on Amazon. The book seems to have received many positive reviews, including remarks on its careful research.

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2010 & Women’s Rugby.

It may be a new factoid for my few-and-far-between readers that rugby is one of my passions. However, I’m here to profess my love of the game. If you are either already an avid lover of all things rugby, read on. If not, I hope you’ll let whatever curiosity you may have about this curious game express itself and that you, too, will read on.

To kick off 2010, the Canadian and USA’s women’s national teams will be going head to head for the Atlantic Cup–starting TOMORROW! The competition will feature two matches. The first is tomorrow, January 12, at 12pm PST; the second will take place on Saturday, January 16 at 11am PST. A U20 match is scheduled for Saturday at 10am PST. And, best news yet, all of the matches will be streamed live over the internet on the USA rugby Ustream channel. These games promise to be interesting, especially as potential indicators for performance in the 2010 Women’s World Cup. Twelve teams have qualified and will be competing August 20-September 5 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford for pool games and Twickenham Stoop Stadium for the semi finals, third place play offs, and the final.

For a little bit more US and Canadian women’s rugby, their history of matches, the Atlantic Cup, and what’s in store this week, check out what one of my favorite rugby blogs has to say about it all.

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