Bike Lust: Women, Harleys, and American Society / Edition 1

Bike Lust: Women, Harleys, and American Society / Edition 1

by Barbara Joans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299173542

ISBN-13: 9780299173548

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Bike Lust roars straight into the world of women bikers and offers us a ride. In this adventure story that is also an insider's study of an American subculture, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger on the back of a bike, but soon learns to ride her own. As an anthropologist she untangles the rules, rituals, and rites of passage of the biker culture. As a new…  See more details below

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Bike Lust roars straight into the world of women bikers and offers us a ride. In this adventure story that is also an insider's study of an American subculture, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger on the back of a bike, but soon learns to ride her own. As an anthropologist she untangles the rules, rituals, and rites of passage of the biker culture. As a new member of that culture, she struggles to overcome fear, physical weakness, and a tendency to shoot her mouth off-a tendency that very nearly gets her killed.

Bike Lust travels a landscape of contradictions. Outlaws still chase freedom on the highway, but so do thousands of riders of all classes, races, and colors. Joans introduces us to the women who ride the rear-the biker chick, the calendar slut straddling the hot engine, the back-seat Betty at the latest rally, or the underage groupie at the local run. But she also gives us the first close look at women who ride in their own right, on their own bikes, as well as a new understanding of the changing world of male bikers. These are ordinary women's lives made extraordinary, adding a dimension of courage to the sport not experienced by males, risking life and limb for a glimpse of the very edge of existence. This community of riders exists as a primal tribute to humanity's lust for freedom.

"Joans takes the reader inside the minds and hearts of an emergent, important, and underreported American subculture."-Allucquere Rosanne Stone, author of The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age

"Move over, Robert Pirsig and Hunter Thompson! Women are bikers, too, and Barbara Joans is one of them. Bike Lust shatters myths and introduces us to a new generation of 'gender traitor' bikers, many of whom are wives, mothers, lesbians, feminists, and anti-feminists. Barbara Joans has found her tribe and she loves them."-Phyllis Chesler, cofounder of the National Women's Health Network and author of Women and Madness

Author Biography: Barbara Joans is director of the Merritt Museum of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Merritt College in Oakland, California. She rides a Harley-Davidson Low Rider.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299173548
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Pt. 1History and Structure
Introduction: The Love Run3
1"Teach the Children Well ..."7
2Harley Culture: An Emerging Community13
3The Early Years19
4Movers and Shakers: Some Key Players34
Pt. 2Cultural Analysis
5Enter the Culture61
6Women Jamming the Wind88
7Sex and Gender134
8Rites of Passage151
9Family Portraits in Duplicate167
10Hanging with the Clubs179
11Bike Lust192
12NFGs: The New and the Old202
Pt. 3Jamming the Wind
13An Intimate Account of the Redwood Run: Our First Year211
14The Pit: Layered and Loud221
15The "Wetwood" Run: Frigid and Freezing226
16Redwood Run Rerun: Heat, Harleys, and Havoc231
Pt. 4Polemics and Philosophy
17Bikers' Dirty Little Open Secret: The Racism Rap241
Glossary259
References263
Index265

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