Anonymous asked: posting pictures of half naked women straddling bicycles in high heels sort of makes this feel like it isn't a blog "for cyclists," but more for male cyclists. I'm not saying this to "police" you or what you like, only to express to you that as a woman following this blog, it makes me feel a little low to have this come up in my feed. You have a right to post on your tumblr whatever you want but I thought it might help if you knew that women cyclists may not feel welcomed by posts like this.
Hey there, Anon.
You’re dead right, we (mostly I) do post a lot of content that isn’t quite appropriate. Content that’s focused on the carnal desires of our male contributors and readers.
To be honest, I don’t plan on doing less of that. But, I’m also more than happy to post some fine looking lads to balance things out a bit.
I presume to imagine that’s not quite the response you were hoping for (a reduction of fine looking ladies would perhaps be preferred over balancing it out with hot guys), but hey, that’s what I’ll be doing.
For what it’s worth, I’m always open to welcoming new ‘curators’ to the cyclivist tumblr. So, Anon, if you’d like to get on board and help me balance out the hormonal rift, get in touch. If my effort at a compromise isn’t to your tastes, then I appreciate your having graciously acknowledged my right to post all that I’m into!
As the only female contributor to Cyclivist, when I eagerly accepted taking part in the blog content I hoped to bring something new to blog. I am just a girl who rides a damn nice bike (I call her Duchess), and I support a few female road cyclists. I like seeing women get involved in cycling, not just because cycling is a big part of my life, but because women are less likely to get involved when it comes to getting on bike. In Australia in 2013, just under 21% of men rode, while only just over 12% of women rode. In fact, a study for Australian Women’s Sport found that of their study participants, more females than males were inexperienced cyclists (23.4% > 14.5%). Men are also more likely than women (in Australia) to cycle every day or at least once a week. Check the study out here.
When I started contributing, I enjoyed putting up pictures of celebrities, fashionistas, and professional cyclist women on bikes. I also enjoyed making posts about custom bikes I thought were beautiful and events or comps readers might be into. I got excited about the idea of getting connected with other female cyclists, because I don’t know many. I’m from a regional Australian city where women are even less likely to cycle.
I haven’t posted much in the past few months because, well, I feel like my content doesn’t really belong here. I don’t check the blog much because I’m not really interested in the occasional booby content. I’m no prude. And heck, I love a hot lady on a bike. I have even done my own shoot with Fyxo.
It’s just, if I want to look at boobs, I’d be looking in the mirror, not looking up bikes online. I feel like I have a very small voice when I say this but, it is really sad how excited I get when I see non booby pictures of women on bikes. It’s sad because (even smaller voice) I feel like I’m fighting to be interested in something that belongs men. This is why I don’t post often anymore. I have other places I go to get and share my bike fix. I don’t think that means the blog is any less awesome, it’s just not my cup of tea. :)
It’s been a blast. I’ve met some great people on this blog. The content just doesn’t resonate with me 100% anymore, and I guess this post highlighted that.
Wishing you Cyclivist guys and all the followers the best.
P.S Anon, if you are looking for me, find me here.