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ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 19, 2014 at 6:25
19 hours
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
It's unfortunate that you'd rather use 'borderline psychotic' and 'defamation of character' than actually come to terms with a culture we live inside of that normalizes sexism, misogyny and sexual violence, but it's understandable, especially when you throw around words like 'psychotic' and 'defamation of character' as though you know what they mean. Rape culture is perpetuated by the fact that Mike Levy implied that anyone capitalizing on a girlfriend being drunk to do 'whatever you want' is okay. I'm sorry, but that IS perpetuating rape culture. That IS saying that as long as she's drunk and does 'pretty much whatever you want', that her sober wants/needs/desires have no place. That is perpetuating rape culture. That is contributing to rape culture. It's part of the problem, because that's when our culture says "But she was drunk and they're in a relationship! It's not rape! My god! What an awful word!" That's called rape culture, dualsuspensiondave. Psychotic, I know. Secondly, the 'bike culture that promotes' my 'success'? Excuse me? Levy's line has nothing to do with the biking community (or anyone's success within it), which is why it's so inappropriate. Maybe before YOU accuse someone of uneducated accusations and rotate some pathetic auto defenses (borderline psychotic? Really? That's the best you could come up with?), you should check your own perspective of the society you live and operate in. But hey... Those are just suggestions. Feel free to continue to do whatever makes your gears grind. :)
ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 20:42
1 days
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
Fellas, I said 'perpetuation of rape culture'. In other words, promoting or fostering a sense of entitlement when it comes to other humans or their sexuality. Figure it out or don't join the conversation. The above line from Mike Levy did and does perpetuate a rape culture and the misogyny attached inside of the bike industry because he compared a woman (human) and her ability to be manipulated to the responsiveness of an object (bike). Defending it or trying to punch holes in my comment pointing it out doesn't make it any better. It's there, and it sucks, and it does perpetuate a rape culture. Now can we please talk about constructive ways to fix it instead of running in verbal circles?
ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 18:21
1 days
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
You know, I generally tend to agree with that sentiment (people are just too fucking sensitive), but on Pinkbike, from a PB staff writer, misogyny has no place. Jokes are fine, but these sorts of 'jokes' aren't funny -- for anyone. They not only objectify women in general, but they create an atmosphere of ownership and entitlement inside of the bike culture, which is the very thing all of us are trying to fight right now, simply to be seen as equal. It's not just 'taking a joke' -- it's about allowing the perpetuation of a rape culture inside of the bike industry. Go back up and read the line. Is it necessary to making his point? Is I funny? Does it add value to any member of the bike community? Does it reflect positively on how we see the women and girlfriends inside of our sport, or is it a generalization about how all the girlfriends of the men on this website act after a few shots? For me, I really pray that this bike doesn't act like a couple of MY girl friends after a few shots -- that would be creepy. They get all weepy and sad and then they throw things. Or me, where I wander the bar and hug strangers.
ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 17:49
1 days
ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 17:48
1 days
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
It wasn't, but as a female Pinkbike user and a rider, it's awful.
ambatt siete's photo
Aug 18, 2014 at 14:19
1 days
#enduroasfuck

ambatt mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 13:28
2 days
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
The birth of that line came of such an antiquated, stupid attitude. Perhaps he could have written 'much like a boyfriend with the promise of sex and a sandwich'... It would be nice if we could move past the sexist, tired jokes and objectification already! I came here to read an article about two bike comparisons, not an assumption on how I'll behave with my boyfriend after a bit of alcohol.
ambatt ambatt's article
Aug 17, 2014 at 22:00
2 days
Bitches Brew: Ability Over Aesthetics
You're so right! But as ridiculous as it is, the comment directed at me isn't the first and I'm damn near positive it won't be the last -- it happens on a regular, much larger basis, to where ski magazines write article about the "10 Hottest Female Shredders" or a componentry company decides to put skanky models in their product ads. It no longer surprises me when people make comments about the attractiveness of female athletes as related to their value ("yeah, but she's HOT!"), because that's what we've allowed our industry to become. We objectifiy female riders and athletes every time we fail to speak up during a conversation. We demean our female athletes every time there's an ad, an Instagram post or a video of bouncing boobs that casts the women of our sport in a sexual light and we stand idly by, waiting for someone else to step forward and create change. It's the responsibility of all of us to rise above the sexual shitstorm that plagues women in sport, including us female athletes. We need to focus on what our bodies can do, not what they look like. If we do this... If we refuse to exploit our sexuality for profit, our sponsors, our companies, our male counterparts, our industries and the public will follow suit. It's on all of us, however, and it has so many facets to affecting change.
ambatt ambatt's article
Aug 16, 2014 at 16:39
Aug 16, 2014
ambatt ambatt's article
Aug 16, 2014 at 16:39
Aug 16, 2014
Bitches Brew: Ability Over Aesthetics
I agree, and thank you for recognizing the immense talent and power of the women in sport... That goes a LONG way towards true equality. :)
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