Thursday, September 20, 2012

Episode 2 - Mobility (9/25/12)

This week's theme:

Here's the link to this episode.

How does mobility relate to feminism? In a historical context, women's mobility has always been a challenge even to the point where top doctors in the 19th century were telling women that if they rode bicycles, their bodies would become masculine and infertile. To their chagrin, bicycles became a major machines of liberation during the first wave of American feminism. Women referred to the bicycle as a "freedom machine" and used it as a symbol of emancipation. Women still face mobility issues in many parts of the Mississippi. A more severe example of modern mobility challenges is in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive. Yay, oppression! 

This week's historical figure:

Frances E. Willard 


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This week's book just so happens to be written by this week's historical figure:

A Wheel Within a Wheel: How I Learned to Ride a Bicycle
by Frances E. Willard.

I think the context of mobility is pretty obvious here. If you're interested in purchasing this book, please click above and make me some damn money. Afterall, money keeps your redhead ranting!

This week's charity:

Wheels4Life - Donates bicycles to people in third world countries in need of transportation.

Once recorded (9/25/12), the podcast can be found below:

...but it's not recorded yet. 

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