Signorina : The Bike Designed to Look Like a Naked Woman OR Camille’s Latest Feminist Rant.
Yesterday, I had miraculously managed not to gouge my eyes out in reaction to the masses of Internet masculinistic/mysogynistic/idiotic trolls commenting articles celebrating women empowerment and the International Women’s Right Day. My tactic this year was not to read any articles, thus avoiding the trolls. This was almost a success, because I caved in and read THIS Vice article. The comments on the Facebook page actually made me fear that my eyes would remain eye-rolled forever. Still, I managed to keep cool and I did not felt the urge to write a feminist rant.
Joke was on me.
At first glance, before the images could properly load, I thought Abbott had created a custom bike for women. Nice.
More like he created a bike shaped like a woman, whose model name means “young woman” in Italian. So yeah, Allen Abbot created a bike that allows its owner to ride a young woman on all fours. It even has little boobs and a butt. Sweet, not demeaning at all.
(Also, I salute his genius timing; releasing the project right in time for International Women’s Right Day)
I’m all for the meshing of arts and sports, but this is not how it should be done.
Women are working really hard to make a place for themselves in cycling. Women have to fight gender based prejudices in all sports. Women need to constantly remind sport associations that they deserve the same as man get, especially when in comes to monetary issues. Women (people) don’t need the existence of a bike like the Signorina.
Furthermore, on the artistic level, this bike design doesn’t bring anything new. It’s a poor interpretation of furniture designs from the 60s by Allen Jones (oh another Allen, cool coincidence) that were featuring the naked woman body – which I don’t condone, but at least were innovative. Abbott’s interpretation of Jones is overdone, if it was its goal. Or at least it lacks originality. I see no artistic merit to it and nor a great feat of design in it. It’s simply the application of an idea that was avant-garde (and kind of shitty) more than fifty years ago.
There is a survey for people’s opinion on the Signorina’s Website, so maybe do it and leave your opinion about the bike.
So call me an angry feminist all you want, but it this case I really am angry and a feminist.
Happy belated Women’s Day.