Men & the PPS


While men can’t be active members of the Pedal Pusher Society, they can be our allies! The PPS is challenging the male dominated bike culture and more largely, male privilege as a whole, but those who have male-privilege have the power to change how it’s leveraged personally and systematically! This means that men can work on creating welcoming environments where everyone is empowered and supported. To start, men can encourage and support the women and trans folks in their lives by speaking up and acting when they witness sexism and homophobia and can talk with each other about how male privilege effects their lives. On occasion we do have rides and events that we organize or sponsor which men can participate in like PPS Prom, the Love Your Bike Party, and 5 Dip Challenge, so come on out and ride with us then!

Resources on how to be a good ally coming soon!

4 thoughts on “Men & the PPS

  1. This angers me. You want men to help you create an environment where “everyone is empowered”, yet you deny men full membership. I’d put on a pair of pedal pushers and crash your party if I could. Your rule barring men is ridiculous.

  2. Clearly you’ve not read the rationale for creating a safe-space for women and trans-identified riders. Living in a racist, mysogynist, and androcentric environment means one must carve out these spaces of empowerment (because they are not automatically assumed or bestowed). The biking world is, to my mind and experience, one of the more hostile cultures for sisters and trannies to enjoy because of rampant and uncritical misogyny and systemic exclusion. So just relax–crank your testosterone down a bit and listen to people when they say that there’s a problem.

  3. It’s important for one’s mental health (which includes body image) to have people around you that look like you, act like you, talk like you, etc. (Not exclusively, but easily available when you want it.) This is one reason why even fucked up families hang out together – they deeply know and identify with each other and this is in itself nourishing.

    So, empowerment includes the ability to meet and hang out with people that look and act like you and have similar tastes and values. Again, not exclusively, but easily and when you want it.

    As a privileged straight white male of bland tastes I can easily find safe places to hang out with similar folks just about anywhere in our society. It’s so easy I don’t even think about it most days. I wonder, Cary, if you are in the same boat as me. Might this be why you don’t see the value in creating safe spaces for people with radically different tastes and values from mainstream society? Imagine you are a tattooed lesbian with purple hair…would you feel safe walking hand in hand with your bull-dyke lover to church every Sunday? And then to George Webb for brunch with your neighbors?

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