Ovarian Psycos: Riding the streets of LA like Mujeres
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Riding through neighborhoods like Watts and Boyle Heights, often recognized for their violence and gang culture, the Ovarian Psycos are taking back the streets with their bikes. Known as a predominantly male activity in LA, the women who have monthly Luna rides are powerfully making cycling more inclusive with their feminine touches. No worries guys- they also have co-ed rides after a required class on machismo and male privilege. Denise Florez reports how these Latinas are breaking stereotypes and empowering their herstorically marginalized community.
###Via the LA Times
Growing up, Evelyn Martinez's mother didn't want her to ride a bike.
"She thinks it's not safe for women to be riding late at night, and cars are dangerous too," Martinez said.
Moreover, her mother told her: "Bicycles are for men."
But after a chance meeting last year, Martinez joined an all-female, predominantly Latino cycling group that is both an answer and a challenge to the aggressive male biking culture. Like men's bike crews, it defies L.A.'s monolithic car culture with an in-your-face ethic, reflected in its name: the Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade.