I've been meaning to write this post for a long time. Seeing the Beat It! movie finally motivated me to introduce you to the Pedal Pusher Society, "Milwaukee's premier women and trans bike gang."
Their blog is so good (although rarely updated- sad face) that I have to let it speak for itself. Very well put, PPS, thank you for having such an awesome mission.
We are the Pedal Pusher Society, Milwaukee’s premier women and transgender bike gang. Our mission: to create a supportive, independent and empowering bike culture in Milwaukee while simultaneously having an awesome time.
Our hope is that someday racism, homophobia, sexism and all other oppressions will be demolished but until then it’s the reality that racism, homophobia, sexism and many other oppressions exist and affect everyone on a daily basis. Given that reality, the PPS aims to given women and trannies, both of whom experience the negative effects of male privilege, the space to just ride bikes.
The Pedal Pushers, like Grease Rag, just want more people on bikes! That has always been, and will always be the goal. WTF groups like this are positive organizations that do not focus on exclusion, but focus on how necessary and nice it is to have the space and support to process and have fun with people who share the same identity as you.
Committed allies are important in every movement. Shout-out to all of our non-WTF readers and friends!
While men can’t be active members of the Pedal Pusher Society, they can be our allies! The PPS is challenging the male dominated bike culture and more largely, male privilege as a whole, but those who have male-privilege have the power to change how it’s leveraged personally and systematically! This means that men can work on creating welcoming environments where everyone is empowered and supported. To start, men can encourage and support the women and trans folks in their lives by speaking up and acting when they witness sexism and homophobia and can talk with each other about how male privilege effects their lives. On occasion we do have rides and events that we organize or sponsor which men can participate in like PPS Prom, the Love Your Bike Party, and 5 Dip Challenge, so come on out and ride with us then!
Just wanted to end on the note that we are all in this together. When one group loses privilege, others move closer to equality.
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