Scooter Chic: Safety Decisions for the LadyVespa:
Pretty sure those lovely blue heels don’t fit in the ATGATT system,
The photo above is one of many examples how objectifying women could result in causing them harm when reality finally sets in.
Everywhere in the scooter culture, and community, you easily find various representations of women on a vespa/scooter. As with the rest of the general culture, these representations are meant to satisfy the male gaze and not really give character or substance to the woman herself. She is reduced to a [sexy] object riding another object: her safety isn’t an issue as long as she is visually pleasing. When you don’t see women wearing safety gear in many of those images (beyond the helmet, which is sometimes present), how does that start to affect your perception [as a woman] of the risks and dangers inherent to riding on two wheels? What does it mean when this reality isn’t considered nor reflected for us as women scooterist?
As a woman scooterist, I find myself always on the lookout for articles/photo shoots online that bring a change of perspective into this little ‘ol vespa world of ours. This includes trying to find images of other woman who scoot, so that I can learn from them and gain a better understanding of what is going on out there in the wider scooter community. These scooter babes are everywhere across the internet within these communities, and, while I adore these photos myself, I know there is a conflict between these images and reality.
So what is a girl to do when almost every image of a woman on a scooter is one meant to ooze sex and lust for a particular set of eyes, yet always obscures the reality that all that skin isn’t practical (nor safe!) to expose when riding in real life? Doesn’t the safety of women on scooters matter more than how they dress, what they wear, and how they look? Don’t get me wrong, I love (absolutely LOVE) to look at these beautiful images of ladies on scooters. After a while of viewing these images, there are moments when I begin to wonder if any of these woman ever actually drive these machines- dressed like they are- out on the roads. If I were to make an educated guess from the outfits throughout these photos, I would assume that women simply don’t get in scooter accidents: therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to wear clothes that cover as little skin as possible. (And don’t even get me started on the drawings of women on vespas, which have no other purpose than to convey SEX.) Maybe that is the point of these images: women just don’t ride their scooters, at all, and only play dress up while having fabulous photo shoots.
Here is an interesting image I found from google:
Clearly: misplaced focus and attention.
….so what about those of us ladies who do actually ride and don’t just pose? Le sigh.
Tomorrow I will post the second part of this post for you, since this is getting a bit long. Please return for part two then. Cheers!
TO NOTE: This post is not beyond the subject of woman wearing sensible gear while out riding and considering that something bad could happen is a possibility. This isn’t about women’s choice of dress or showing skin beyond this topic. I just want to address the subject of objectifying women to a point where real harm can be caused to them, if an accident were to happen while out on a ride. Nothing in general addressing women’s dressing habits nor any judgments towards personal choice regarding their attire.