(not exactly) Wordless Wednesday

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Image: Su Leslie 2018

Definitely a wordy Wednesday today. But as I was editing the shot, I learned that New Zealand’s Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Transport, Julie Anne Genter, gave birth to a son this morning. She is a Green Party MP and has always advocated strongly for women.

And … she rode to hospital to deliver her child on a bicycle. So the Anthony quote seems particularly apt today.

 

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47 thoughts on “(not exactly) Wordless Wednesday

    • I wonder if ours is much better, except that we do seem to be breaking new ground for women to be in power and be mothers. Doubt โ€œthe Jacinda-effectโ€would have worked if sheโ€™d already been pregnant though!!

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      • This thread has really got me thinking about my bike-riding. I think I had one girlโ€™s bike as a kid, but most of my cycling memories involve having to swing my leg over a crossbar. Since Iโ€™ve never been much of a skirt-wearer, itโ€™s probably just never seemed like an issue ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. It seems a little odd that traditional ‘Ladies’ bicycles’ don’t have a crossbar whereas bikes for us Laddies do ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slipping off the pedals can be an eye-watering experience for a guy on a men’s bike whereas the same experience for a young lady is probably more a matter of clothing distress! You can probably tell me different Su ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice not-so-Wordless ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hitting the cross-bar is not pleasant for we women either (though I’m wincing at the effect on you chaps). A friend’s mother apparently broke her pelvis when the front wheel of her bike got caught in something and she fell onto the cross-bar. I guess “ladies bikes” were designed to accommodate skirts, but they do seem like a good idea for pelvic protection of both sexes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Yes – they were about accommodating the skirts of the Victorian era when Ladies were encouraged to ride bicycles ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree – we both need a lower crossbar. Mountain bikes have had them for a long time because it makes it easier to vacate the saddle when it all goes downhill – there’s no such thing as a gender specific mountain bike ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Great photo and quote. I tried to learn to ride using my brother’s bike. I had so many painful falls onto the crossbar that I gave up my attempt to learn. To this day I am a very poor bike rider. My mother loved her bike when she was a teenager and young adult. It gave her a lot of freedom.

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  3. Wow! What a tough woman! I doubt many women nowadays would do the same, she’s a real role model for her party!
    I love my bike and can totally identify with that wonderful quote you chose. Also I have a mountain bike (lower crossbar ๐Ÿ˜‰) because I love the sturdier wheels which have a nice grip even in sandy ground. ๐Ÿ˜Š xxxxxxx

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