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Bicycle Curse

April 16, 2013

The “Wheel Notes” of the July 19, 1896 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Women’s Rescue League based in Washington DC had issued a statement regarding the growing menace of women on bicycles. They proclaim that “bicycling by women and girls promotes waywardness” and that “the wheel is satan’s agent to demoralize and produce a tendency to make women degraded and outcasts from social purity.” They go on to claim that “bicycling by young women has helped more than any other medium to swell the ranks of reckless girls who finally drift into the standing army of outcast women.”

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