Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cracks in the Law?

Bicycling's image as the preferred mode of travel for perverts and losers seems to be showing some cracks. A story from September in the New York Observer comments on the outrageous phenomenon of women (models and actresses, even!) riding bikes in NYC. While one might interpret this as a step in the right direction--surely if models do it, it can't be only for perverts and losers!--though there is the taint of perversion in the fetishism of pretty girls on bikes. See comments to the Observer story, as well as the Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog, devoted to photos of women on bikes, and the similar montage from Monkey Warfare.

Diff'rent Strokes (1983)

There has been somewhat of a drought recently of material for the blog, until this great submission from an anonymous reader. Daily Ramblings has a post from 2002 about an episode of Diff'rent Strokes in which a bicycle shop owner tries to molest Arnold and his friend Dudley. Apparently the actor who portrayed Dudley, Shavar Ross, favored an 8 x 10 glossy of this episode for fan autographs.