Jessica Valenti, the noted feminist writer, was curious about e-bikes. So, as one does, she posted a question about them to Twitter. Thus began her path to radicalization. After buying an e-bike of her own, she quickly found how life-changing it was — a not uncommon feeling among the converted. A lifelong New Yorkers, Jessica found that riding an e-bike changed her perspective on the city and offered her new insight on being a woman in public space. In this spirited and far-reaching conversation, Jessica talks about e-bikes as vehicles of feminist empowerment, means of escaping harassment and good plain fun. Plus, we dig into history and discuss the similarities between the “resting bitch face” of today and the “bicycle face” of the late 1800s.
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Learn more about Jessica Valenti. (JessicaValenti.com)
Thanks to riding an e-bike, Jessica Valenti’s road rage “has ascended.” (Twitter)
“Bicycle face”: a 19th-century health problem made up to scare women away from biking. (Vox)
Check out the work of Bekka Wright, the artist also known as “Bikeyface. (Bikeface)
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