A List of Don’ts for Women!


From Brainpickings.org:

A List of Don’ts for Women on Bicycles Circa 1895


“Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.”

We’ve already seen how the bicycle emancipated women, but it wasn’t exactly a smooth ride. The following list of 41 don’ts for female cyclists was published in 1895 in the newspaper New York World by an author of unknown gender. Equal parts amusing and appalling, the list is the best (or worst, depending on you look at it) thing since the Victorian map of woman’s heart.

    • 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 forget your toolbag
    • Don’t attempt a “century.”
    • Don’t coast. It is dangerous.
    • Don’t boast of your long rides.
    • Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
    • Don’t wear loud hued leggings.
    • Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
    • Don’t refuse assistance up a hill.
    • Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.

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