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(3,031 posts)
Wed May 28, 2014, 01:57 PM May 2014

Sexism in safety Laws - Bike helmets are sexist because 'helmet hair'

[quote]The resident from Scone in New South Wales was issued a $153 on-the-spot fine for riding without a helmet while in Adelaide for this week’s Velo-city international cycling conference.

And she will be riding without a helmet again on Thursday afternoon as part of a protest ride from the city to Henley Beach organised by Freedom Cyclists — but this time police have promised no bareheaded riders will be fined during the event...

“I firmly believe more people would ride bikes if helmets were optional,’’ she said.

“It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair — and women have told me that’s one of the factors (for not riding bikes)’’.


I've long hair that doesn't exactly agree with helmets either, but I'd rather have messed up hair then a cracked skull.

Speaking of that, I'm sure a cracked skull will do wonders for your hair.

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Sexism in safety Laws - Bike helmets are sexist because 'helmet hair' (Original Post) Lancero May 2014 OP
Maybe she needs a bigger helmet and someone to teach her how to rap a bun snooper2 May 2014 #1
Another example of... TreasonousBastard May 2014 #2
it's just stupid. bettyellen May 2014 #3
I thought so. TreasonousBastard May 2014 #4
it seems like lots of stupid shit makes the papers in Australia. Not sure why? bettyellen May 2014 #5
Not just Australia... Lancero May 2014 #11
Don't know much about Australia, just noticed their papers are full of silly crap bettyellen May 2014 #12
A example of how the patriarchal society conditions women Lee-Lee May 2014 #6
Very stupid jehop61 May 2014 #9
Two words: Gary Busey. . . Journeyman May 2014 #7
good grief. eoo uppityperson May 2014 #8
Because it's important to be perfectly coiffed when lying on a slab in the morgue (nt) Nye Bevan May 2014 #10


(43,049 posts)
2. Another example of...
Wed May 28, 2014, 02:02 PM
May 2014

misogyny by the oppressive patriarchy.

Or is it women claiming special rights?

Or is it just stupid?



(6,324 posts)
6. A example of how the patriarchal society conditions women
Wed May 28, 2014, 02:08 PM
May 2014

She has been so conditioned to care about how she looks that she is willing to compromise her own safety to look the way society has conditioned her to.


(15,078 posts)
7. Two words: Gary Busey. . .
Wed May 28, 2014, 02:08 PM
May 2014

Two more: Concrete curb. . .

Just 'cause you're on a bicycle doesn't change the dynamic of soft flesh hitting immovable objects. Slow and stupid is no improvement on fast and idiotic, no matter how cute your coif.

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