“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” ~ Gloria Steinem
While researching military bicycles, I discovered the OldBike.eu site and an article called Bicycle Erotica. The collection is quite graphic and beautiful, but alas, it is NSFW. Here you will see pictures like this:
And read a history of bicycle that you rarely find in a school book:
A major impediment, in the Victorian era, to the adoption of cycling by women was men’s pre-occupation with the idea that women only wanted to ride bicycles because of the stimulation they might receive from the saddle. Horses were ridden side-saddle and, such was male paranoia, it was considered abhorrent for girls to sit astride any object, even a see-saw or hobby-horse.
This obsession with the female virginal condition contributed to a boom in erotica in the Victorian age. Cameras and the printing process were becoming cheaper and easier to use. Bicycles captured the public imagination like nothing before, and erotic imagery, as with every other media form of the time, reflected this new-found interest.
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I hung that print over my bed. I love it!
I didn’t know you were a bicycle person Jessica! :O)
There is s much good stuff on Oldbike. I hadn’t checked this out yet. Odd.
Are you a member of the TwoSpoke forum yet Tuck?
No, but I’ll change that. It looks like good stuff. Truthfully, though, I already spend WAY too much time keeping up on a large number of blog and websites.
I cherry-pick from so many music forums, so I know where you are coming from. TwoSpoke is the only bicycle forum (of the three I’ve tried) that I like. Part of that rapture is because of the bicycle profile capabilities that the site has. I used to have three blogs, but two of the blogs went away when I retired from my last job. Now I just have this one that is my catch all for all my hobbies, research, and family stuff.