[messengers] Fwd: [bicicultures] Re: bicycle stigma

Date: 25 Mar 2013 16:52:28 +0100
From: Mark Vanveenendaal <3ifitgoes@xxxxxxxxx>


Anyone have an opinion on Stigmatic images of bicyclists?

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From: Eleanor Blue <eleanor.blue@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: [bicicultures] Re: bicycle stigma
To: bicicultures@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


I just remembered the old Kevin Kline movie Dave, about the presidential
look-alike who becomes president for real -- doesn't he ride a bike at the
beginning to show what a feckless do-gooder he is? I think he might even
try biking to the White House but Secret Service stops him ... or maybe I'm
getting him mixed up with Earl Blumenauer.

It seems like that's part of the stereotype, though -- the pop culture
cyclist of the 80s and 90s was an effete liberal type, epitomized by Marky
Mark in I Heart Huckabees (I love that character!).

Also, I just read Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom, and the do-gooder
"greener than Greenpeace" guy is described as a bike commuter on the very
first page of the book. It doesn't come up again, it's there purely to
caricature the guy... though by the end of the novel he is driving a giant
van with slogans spray painted on it.




On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM, Sarah McCullough <smcc@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey,
>
> I've been thinking along similar veins. This would be a great blog post
> for the bicicultures site, but I won't have time to work on this until
> after the Bicicultures Roadshow (April 16-17th! Register to attend at
> http://bicicultures.wordpresscom). If anyone would like to summarize this
> in a blog form sooner, just let me know and we can post it and share with
> the list.
>
> Sarah McC
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM, Melody Hoffmann <
> melody.hoffmann@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> This media list is impressive and unprecedented (as barely anyone has
>> studied media reps of biking).
>>
>> Sarah-- do you have any interest in compiling all of this for the
>> list//website? This same kind of outpouring happened on the NASSS listserv
>> and we ended up with a great list of films dealing with sport.
>>
>> I can help if need be!
>>
>> Melody
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM, David Patton <dpatton@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>>> Sorry ... Previous message went out before ready ...
>>>
>>> > 1) Seinfeld had a bike ...
>>> >
>>> > 2) Just saw the movie "Hysteria", in which the Maggie Gyllenhall
>>> character, the liberated and independent Charlotte, rides a bike. She is so
>>> modern and ahead of the times she rides a bike that ... didn't even exist
>>> yet. (The movie time is 1880, safety bicycles like Charlotte's were still
>>> several years away.)
>>>
>>> 3) Wyatt Cenac, until recently of the Jon Stewart "Daily Show ", was in
>>> an indie film "Medicine for melancholy", with female lead Tracey Heggins.
>>> Much of their dialogue is about "hipness" and race and gentrifying San
>>> Francisco. They spend a good portion of their romantic day together riding
>>> fixed-gear bikes around the city. Her long-term relationship is with a
>>> successful white man. (As opposed to the low-rent African-American
>>> bicyclist.)
>>>
>>> So ... back to the original question that started the thread. The old
>>> identification of bicycle with nerdy unattractive losers has been somewhat
>>> successfully replaced by a much greater variety of cultural meanings.
>>>
>>> A list of high-end auto companies with high-end bike designs would
>>> include Lotus, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Ferrari.
>>>
>>> Cialis and Viagra and any number of healthy active retirement ads
>>> feature mature men and women enjoying bikes.
>>>
>>> A recent TV ad (Miller? Bud?) showed a young man leaving a party on his
>>> bike (with a front carrier basket) to get more beer. He rides to the nearby
>>> corner store and back, and it's downhill both ways. How cool is that?
>>>
>>> David Patton
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>
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