The below slides are due to be presented on Friday 8 September 2017 as part of this year’s Cycling & Society symposium in London: Advertisements
The “token attractive woman” caption is just part of the normal background-noise din that surrounds many women, cycling or not. Often unspoken, but still thought. Everyday sexism exists, it’s all around is. It envelopes us, swallows us and spits us out – every day. It would be a head-in-the-sand attitude, closing the closet, if we… Read More Let’s talk about sex(ism) maybe
Today I started reading “The Power” by Naomi Alderman. Recently finished reading “Why be happy when you can be normal?” by Jeanette Winterson. And “The wave” by Todd Strasser. Books. Fiction! Yes, fiction has crept into my reading list. I hazard a guess… this may have happened due to a certain kind of realisation kicking… Read More Books I have read – February to now
As every cyclist knows, local newspapers can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to reporting on (transport) cycling stuff. I have certainly lost my rag with the local rag on multiple occasions (including local radio too). This is why I should really say thank-you when a decent and fair article comes along.… Read More A rare thanks to the local newspaper
I am intrigued how campaigns get started. The Newcastle case seems to have to do with a lot of coincidences and chance encounters. My personal situation in 2009 was one of dissatisfaction with the council service. Too many contradictions opened up when I tried to get answers from the council officers and its cycle champion,… Read More What made me angry
I have often asked myself questions about strength. As a woman in engineering I would have been asked to strengthen my design, show strength or play to my strength. The word strength seems pivotal. Yet, to me, its meaning seems so nebulous. What is strength? The ambiguity of the word strength becomes clear, to me,… Read More What on earth is strength?
Back in the good old revolutionary 70s with all its social change and upheavals there was a revolution also happening in the sciences. The world systems theory entered the stage of social sciences and put a few things into focus. Following Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in early 60s and the Club of Rome’s Limits to… Read More Society is dead, long live society