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Model or Rider? or Model/Rider? - Feb. 26, 2015, 8:04 a.m.

Yup, sorry Lee but that's not what I was saying. I wasn't bashing social media, per se, but more how it can be (mis)used to perpetrate the idea that a women's only true worth is to simply play the role of eye candy.

Lee, you are an Athlete Model with a vigorously maintained social media presence so you should know what this feels like. You have a legion of followers who just care about seeing pictures of your big toe. But don't you ever wake up in the middle of the night and think 'I'm more than my big toe, I have skills and talent beyond that one physical asset and I wish people could see that. Maybe I should stop sexing up my brand by flashing it in people's faces.' I know I do.

Model or Rider? or Model/Rider? - Feb. 25, 2015, 2:39 p.m.

Captions and photos were provided for by NSMB.com. I did not want to make any reference to anyone specifically except SBC, and that's because she was in the original article that sparked this piece. And this piece isn't really about MTB, it's more of a general (sociological, perhaps) look at the present. It could be about anything but sport, really. It's just as much of a critique of us guys still applauding this type of thing and expecting women to sexualize themselves for us, as it is a critique of the women who pander to the old fashioned, base, cliched, misogynistic paradigm. The message that we send out, and which some of these girls also put out, is that women have to play up their sexuality if they want to get ahead. It's not true and I hope more people follow the example of the ones who don't.

Model or Rider? or Model/Rider? - Feb. 25, 2015, 8:56 a.m.

Absolutely, but what is the product? The product or the produce on display?

Model or Rider? or Model/Rider? - Feb. 25, 2015, 8:55 a.m.

That's the point.

Better MTB Media - Jan. 28, 2015, 11:15 a.m.

"Slow it down. Make it count."

This should be the mantra.

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