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 firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your story.
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.