I'm glad the thread hasn't moved much in a while. When I'm browsing around I tend to go to the last page and this has hung around for a while, which pleases me. I find the picture very cute.
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Fiona’s presentation revealed that the implications for women were particularly significant and reflected their changing status in society. This change was an unwelcome one to many; female cyclists were disparaged in the press, often heckled and sometimes even assaulted for "outstepping the limits of womanliness" (Australian Home Journal, 1895).
Some women kept a low profile by riding slowly and gracefully in long skirts on specially-designed drop-frame bicycles. Others, however, were trailblazers – historic photographs record them taking part in races, long tours, and embracing a new physical strength and independence. These women wore "rational dress," a practical but scandalous costume of bloomers and coat, and preferred men’s bicycles for their reliability and speed
foo on patrol wrote:Lucky bugger!
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