28 Feb '12, 2pm

The rules for lady bicyclists, 1895 edition: ‘Don’t be a fright’ via @grist

The rules for lady bicyclists, 1895 edition: ‘Don’t be a fright’ via @grist

Brain Pickings has dug up a list of 41 “don’ts” for female bicyclists from an 1895 New York newspaper, and they are downright breathtaking in their amazingness. Here are some of our favorites: Don’t be a fright. Don’t faint on the road. Don’t wear a man’s cap. Don’t wear tight garters. Don’t criticize people’s “legs.” Don’t wear loud hued leggings. Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.” Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome. Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you. Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume. Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers. Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private. Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing. Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?” Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys. Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back. Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you. Don’t scratch a match on the seat...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/the-rules-for-lady-bicyclists-1895-...

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