NYT discovers new First World misogyny problem: the “bicycle gender gap”
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
Why, it’s worse than STEM!
“When Citi Bike arrived here, it promised to spread the benefits of biking to the masses, an uphill push in a city where large potholes, heedless yellow cabs and darting pedestrians can make riding on busy streets seem like an activity best left for daring messengers.
“But two years in, Citi Bike’s inroads have been decidedly uneven, with men far outnumbering women in using the bike-sharing system. A little time on Eighth Avenue on a recent morning, watching the stream of Citi Bike riders heading north past Pennsylvania Station and toward Times Square, was instructive. Man after man pedaled by, some in suits, others in jeans. From time to time, a woman on a Citi Bike rode by….“Citi Bike’s gender gap is part of a broader pattern among cyclists across the country; bike-share systems in Chicago and Washington also have more male riders. To woo women, Citi Bike is hosting rides with women’s cycling groups and trying to make cycling seem stylish.***
Women interviewed by the NYT listed a number of reasons why they’d rather take a cab or ride the subway. One of them was this:
“In a fashion-conscious city, women’s concerns over their appearance are understandable because they are held to a higher standard at work, said Ms. Steren, the stylist.
“’The more polished and well put-together you are, people will take you more seriously,’ Ms. Steren said….”
Yup, as usual, it’s All Men’s Fault. You see, if only our patriarchal society didn’t force women to pay so much attention to their appearance!
Posted by Charlotte Allen