Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes: 2014 Specialized Dolce Triple, 1987 Schwinn Tempo, 2012 Windsor Kensington 8
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Copenhagen and Amsterdam are also much more egalitarian society, with men being able to take paternity leave. And quite often, women here don't have a choice about being high-maintenance. When I was in my corporate job, I was basically told that because I was gender non-conforming (ie, I wore practical shoes, slacks, and a men's business shirt...just like all the men in management) I was "unprofessional" unless I shaved, wore pantyhose and high-heels, styled my hair, and put on makeup. (All of the products women are supposed to buy and use to look "natural" just BLOWS MY LOBE WHAARRGBL) I'm very fortunate that I had the resources to get into a different field where those sorts of things don't come into the picture much, but not everyone does.
Of course, you don't HAVE to look windblown and disheveled from riding a bike, and that's why, despite really not understanding the form-over-function mindset at ALL, blogs like LovelyBicycle and the cycle chic movement are valuable, I think.
One thing I will say - the carfree/carlite/utility cycling culture seems to celebrate and encourage fatherhood way more than USian culture-at-large. So many awesome dudes posting pictures of themselves with their kids out for rides always makes me smile.