Share Your Story

By : Lowrah · June 1, 2014

Sing it.  Loud.  Proud.

It is my personal belief that there is strength in power in WTFs telling their own stories.  Would you like to share your story?  Share a haiku, photo, finger painting, or whatever moves you with www.GreaseRag.org.  Tell us about your active life, a bike ride, something new you've tried, a bike camping trip, or about any challenges you've overcome as a WTF cyclist.  This is a space for your voice!  Contact us at greaseragmpls@gmail.com to submit your story.


Print made for the Nest Gallery by Alice Marwick

I think sharing our experiences has the ability to encourage and build a strong community.  Images of active WTFs as the protagonists of their own stories show us what we can do, and what we can be, and that we are not alone in our desire to be more than arm candy or a passive object!  We don't need more magazines and blogs that only feature competitive, predominately white, cis males like that is the definition of what a cyclist should look like.  Let's get some images of us looking good ON the bike.
 

Elly Blue adapted the Bechel Test, used for measuring whether or not women are authentically represented in film, to bicycle media.

The Bike Test

1. Are women present or represented at all?
2. Are the women presented as active subjects rather than passive objects?
3. If the gender were reversed, would the meaning stay more or less unchanged? (Or would the image become hilarious?)

Read more about the Bike Test at Taking the Lane.

 

"If you can't see it, you can't be it."  

Growing up there were not a lot of people on TV that looked like me, and I remember my young mind being blown when I saw a certain figure skater in the winter Olympics.  She was non-white and strong and absolutely talented.  And a woman.  A champion!  The feeling of seeing someone that I identified with, even on a very superficial level, twirling and leaping and winning, was indescribable.  I went from feeling like the orange in the bushel of apples, from wanting to look "like everyone else" (read: white),  to feeling like I fit in with a powerful tribe.  Like I was normal, but with the potential to be extraordinary.

As I got older I had more resources (thank you, Internet!) and was able to seek out media, history, and heroes that deviated from the dominant paradigms that are reinforced by media every day.  As an able-bodied cis female with a steady job and perfect health, I can't imagine how the isolation and othering that I feel at times is the tip of the iceberg for people that don't have the same privileges.  With that in mind I would like to work hard to make this online space a place where WTFs can speak for themselves and find each other.

Read Our Stories

I am inspired by everyone that has submitted their stories and trusted us to publish them.  Here is a small sample of some of the stories we've shared recently.

Almanzo 2014 stories

Lilah gets into track racing

Low's 30 Days of Biking, 2014

Rachel connected with a cool bike organization while traveling

Babes in Bikeland 2013

Pizza by the Pond Bike Tour, 2012

JJ and Moosebikes Ride the Northstar

Margoat told us about her bike hero, Annie Londonderry

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