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Well said Dirk. It's not effective satire. I don't think Andrew had any ill
intent and it was probably funny from where he sat.
Whether or not the current attempts to connect with women and bring them into
the sport are great or not at least they are attempts to try and bridge the
bro-gap. Providing some constructive criticism sure, but making fun of them
doesn't sit well with me.
And the people who should be deciding if these approaches hold water are not
white males in the mountain bike industry or even hardcore ladies in the
industry…it should be existing and potential lady riders in the wider
community who don't feel well served by the media, product design and
sales/marketing that going down from the typical MTB channels.
I don't "get" everything I see/hear about the ladies specific segment in the
MTBing industry, but observing my GF's growth from barely a MTBer to getting
pretty hardcore I have realized that I don't "get" many of the things she
chooses to do/say/wear/buy around the sport and that what I "get" or think
doesn't matter one iota if she's having a blast and enjoying the trails.
I noted you wanted to get private emails about any critical comments, but the
article is public so the discussion around it should be public.
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