For the purposes of this essay, I am referring to any and everyone who rides a bike as a member of “the bike community” with a focus on the American bike community.
In recent years, there has been a movement to show the bike community that women are just as capable, athletic, and interested in bikes as men. Unfortunately, this movement has been lacking in and struggling with intersectionality. People are more than one thing. I am Black, I am African American, I am a non-binary woman, I am an advocate, I am an athlete, and I have mental health struggles. Since I’m not a one dimensional figure, I must constantly consider all of my intersections.
Thanks to colonialism, patriarchy, and racism, women’s movements have historically focused on the wishes and priorities of cis-gendered, able bodied, white women and are structured around an unfair power structure that disenfranchises anyone who does not fit into that description. In my opinion, the disregard of true intersectionality within these movements, makes them ineffective for ever achieving women’s equality. You can’t fight for women and not fight for Black women, trans women, disabled women, or any of the other intersections where any one who identifies as a woman resides.