She’s unaware of her allure, her mind busy on a shopping list. Breathing the crisp air on the country road. Or standing at stop light, sandal on the pavement.
What is it about girls on bikes that is so intriguing? Especially when she’s atop a Dutch bike and dressed for shopping, work, or picking up flowers from the outdoor market. It’s an everyday scene, one that’s charming and wholesome.
Yet, girls on bikes are deliciously complicated. Here she is, the driver of her own purpose, enjoying the scenery, attending to whatever business. She is complicated in all the ways that women are complicated and complex and human.
She’s sophisticated in tailored coat and dress. She rides around town for fun, for errands, for work. It’s an everyday scene, guileless and sweet.
The Undefinable Allure
But she is mounted, isn’t she? And only the most oblivious will miss the subtle sex in this scene. A girl on a bike. Her legs straddled over the narrow seat, skirt threatening to lift on the air to reveal a glimpse of panty or thigh.
That subtle sexuality is undeniable. Other places and times forbid this little threat while we pretend it isn’t there. Women confined. And while we pretend not to notice her budding allure in all its complicated interpretations, countries like Saudi Arabia ban even young girls from bikes. There it’s illegal to mount anything unmarried, even a set of wheels. What it must be like to fear the sexuality of women on delicate display.
Do You Ride, Girl?
Would you throw off the confines of this forbidden act? Are you so unrepressed that you ride your bicycle on the street?
Feminist spearhead, Susan B Anthony, believed in girls on bikes. For her, a girl on a bike is “untrammelled womanhood.”
And she’s not alone. Though some still disagree with her.
Girls on Bikes Get Banned
Even today, even in the States, girls on bikes get banned. Amish communities, those expert scooter manufacturers, developed their expertise to keep knees pressed together.
Their ban on bikes has nothing to do with girls and everything to do with boys. Apparently, the sight of a girl on a bike is too much for their wayward boys to handle. Maybe it is less a refusal to see women in their myriad roles than it is a fear of forgetting god when confronted with a lovely female straddling a hog.
Can you blame them? It is a beautiful sight. One that many would find spiritual.
Just not the Amish, I guess.
Celebrate Girls on Bikes
The Amish are right about one thing, though. Girls on bikes are all things at once, including sex. Girls on bikes are mothers, wives, daughters. They are sexual, intriguing, leaders. Shoppers, lovers, friends. Yes, sex is wrapped up in this package because women are sexual. Why hide it? But they’re everything else too.
Celebrate girls on bikes!