Fun story. Today I got pulled over on my bike by an LAPD officer. I assumed it was because he saw my headphone, but what he actually saw was my ankle length skirt, a skirt I have successfully biked in numerous times. I asked him if I was in violation of any laws and he admitted I was not, but said that he was authorized to cite bikers for any hazardous behaviors. According to him, my skirt could get caught in the wheels of the bike, creating a hazard for myself and others. I asked him if he was also citing men who longboard in flip flops, because I’ve seen some create crashes when the toe of their shoe hits the sidewalk. He said he was not; the incidents I had seen were outliers, those men know how to control themselves. I, in my skirt, apparently do not. So asked him if, for future reference, a shorter skirt would be acceptable. Guess what? NOPE. His answer, I shit you not, was that women biking in shorter skirts can often serve as a distraction for young men biking and therefore cause accidents. I CANT BIKE IN A SHORT SKIRT BECAUSE OF SOME COLLEGE GUYS LIBIDO BUT I CANT BIKE IN A LONG SKIRT BECAUSE IM THE ONE WHO CANT CONTROL MYSELF? I yelled something like that and then said that if he was going to cite me I would like to be taken to the station so I could speak with one of his superiors/a female cop. He got really nervous and said “Sorry for your time, have a nice day.” I biked away in my skirt.
I can’t even comment on this right now. I have never encountered such blatant sexism in my entire life. Don’t you dare tell me that we’ve achieved gender equality.