Let us turn now to the most important people in our nation: young men who attend elite universities and want to work in law or medicine someday. As a new school year is about to get underway, Bloomberg checked in with these gentlemen about the perils of having sex with their female classmates. Of particular concern is that they might accidentally rape a woman — which, no, they wouldn’t want to do at all!!! (They want to work in law or medicine, remember.) It would help, though, if women stopped getting in situations where a man might accidentally rape them. One of these young men, a 22-year-old at Stanford University named Chris Herries expounded thusly:
“Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad? We have to encourage people not to take on undue risk.”
The best and the brightest indeed. Chris Herries couldn’t be more correct! Leaving your bike unlocked on the quad is exactly like living under a patriarchy in which one in four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
In the spirit of Herries’ helpful observation to women, here are some other bike safety tips that I hope my fellow lady bike riders will follow:
- Don’t ride your bike home alone at night.
- The tires on your bike should never be too small.
- Your handlebars should never be too low.
- Always make sure your lock is covered!
- At all times while with your bike, announce loudly and often, “No one can ride my bike! No one else can ride my bike!” People can’t read your mind.
- If you’ve let a lot of other men use your bike before, everyone else is entitled to use it, too. After all, it’s been going around.
- Make sure you do not send any “mixed signals” to men who admire your bike and are hankering for a ride. That means no riding by them and waving, or chiming your little bike bell, or flaunting how much you can fit in the basket.
- Before you make allegations of bike theft, consider how damaging it could be lives of the thieves. Remember, they have bright futures ahead of them.
- If you don’t lock up your bike and it does get stolen, it’s no one’s fault but your own, not even the thieves who stole it. Sure, they know it’s YOUR bike, but did you really expect them to just respect your property and leave your bike alone? You were obviously inviting them to go for a joyride.
- Or maybe it wasn’t realllllly stolen. Maybe you totally forgot you said it was okay. Or maybe you didn’t say “Hey, leave my bike alone!” in a loud enough voice. Really anything is more possible than someone stealing your bike without your consent.
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