Women motorcyclists: Childhood foundations and adult pathways

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Francis D. Glamser


Women have been involved in motorcycling for almost one hundred years, but it has always been an activity dominated by men. However, recent data suggest that women are now becoming active motorcyclists in greater numbers. This study identifies variables which are related to a woman becoming a motorcyclist and the nature of the process. It also investigates the possibility that the meaning of motorcycling may be different for women. The women riders in this study reported substantial involvement in outdoor activities as a child, and they tended to be involved in competitive sports. Most reported enjoying boys ' games and playing with boys prior to adolescence. Many appeared to be the products of gender neutral child rearing, especially from fathers. The most common entrance to motorcycle operation was via a boyfriend or spouse. For many of these women, motorcycling has special meaning for them as a woman.

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