This Looks Rad: A Documentary About Ovarian Psycos, the All-Women Bike Crew
The Ovarian Psycos mean business.
The bicycle crew that grew out of an East L.A. activist scene is on a mission to protect their space from gentrifiers. A documentary about the group just premiered at SXSW, and GOOD Magazine has a great interview with founder De La X. She describes what the group means to her:
It’s a collective of knuckleheaded women, women of color, brown women, black women, who give a fuck about their community and who give a fuck about the next generation. We’re placing ourselves within the historical context of our ancestry, of the legacy of the women that came before us, and understanding our place and position currently in our communities.
The importance of bikes as part of their message:
Bicycles because, first and foremost, we’re a working-class community, so for a lot of us, that is our mode of transportation. Bicycles are also very key in the sense that we as women, women of color specifically, in those areas—we were brought up with a fear of movement and of the spaces we inhabit, a fear of navigating them. We use the bicycles to say, “We will be fearless! We will inhabit every space, and be mobile, and have access.”
And even how mobility issues shape and change a city:
I feel like a lot of mobility folks—it can be like a “Rainbow Coalition” for bikes. Like, “Can’t we all just get along? Look how beautiful it is now.” And it’s like, yes, it’s beautiful, but for who? For whose access? When the price of rent and the price of our homes are going up? When police are still targeting black and brown youth, who the fuck is this beautiful scenery meant for at the end of the day? It’s not for us. Obviously, it’s not for us.
I can’t wait to watch this!