So tell me what you think a FSHC (Flying Swan Hot Chick) is?
I've written this also on the Facebook page for the Hot chicks...but I think its important for all us women riders to see this.
I am by all means in support of the FSHC...but not sure I agree with the latest developments, here is what I wrote:
My Dear Fellow Hot Chicks,
I come to you ladies at this time with a bit of dissapointment in my heart.
Let me start in introducing myself...as there are quite a few that probably haven't met me. My name is Martina. I'm a single mom of 4 kids. My life is dedicated to my children, my work, and my bike. My biking has been a life long dream and I have been able to finally capture it! I've been riding with the FSHC...since 2006 and will NEVER forget my first ride with them.
I've watched 2007 riding season...come and go with not getting much of a chance to meet the newer hotchicks, and enjoy the comradery. I've seen new developments come to the Hot Chicks over the past few months and I understand there is time for change and new developments. But where my sadness lies...is where are we taking it?
I've seen the calender be put together...it was a wonderful concept. I see the making of a new logo for the Hot Chicks and for the Swan Charities...Its all great...but really what is it presenting for us women riders?
Right now from where I sit...all I see is a stereotype of what "hot" women on bikes should be? I do believe the calender was done in great taste... ie not just babes in bikini's on bikes...well at least the women were clothed...but is it true of the majority of women riders, whether FSHC or the other women riders out there?
Now in saying this I'm not upset that I wasn't in it...I mean I wasn't at any of the meetings when it was in development. But more the point in ...I know of other women who were there that were NOT chosen perhaps because of what the didn't look like, or meet the requirements of what was being looked for. The logo also signifies this. I'm NOWHERE near what the logo looks like, and for that to REPRESENT me...is far from the truth. I believe if you are going to make a logo it should represent us as a whole, not just a few who maybe be the perfect "hot" chick.
Now in sayin all this. I am torn. You who might be reading this might agree with me, or might not. I honestly don't care. But I am sad that this is where we are going. I am a woman, a mother, and a rider. I don't agree with this demonstration of "hotness" that is trying to be displayed. I am woman of strong mind, body and soul. I have 2 daughters and 2 sons which I know will probably want to be riders, just like their mom. But the one thing I will not teach them is how women should be displayed as HOT on a bike. Its not the image I am trying to teach them. Hotness comes with the confidence you exude not the looks you may be blessed with.
The image I would, and I'm sure others would like to see, is the candid shots that have been taken over the years the FSHC have been around. The pictures of the women together on bikes, riding, talking, laughing and generally having a great old time! That is what we should be showing. The friendships that have been made, the bonds that have been established and the lives we have touched in the process.
When my daughters are old enough, and are riding...I'd like to see the legacy of Julia be passed onto them. I'd like to see next years calender represent this. Candid shots of US women riders...proud that we are who we are, with the friends we have made and the fun we have had...not just a bunch of T & A. Plus we want to stand out and be respected for being women on bikes. Its something I want to have in my house so my kids can see what there mom has been apart of, and to be proud of a bunch of women who have come together to bring some good into this world.
I hope that you all understand this. Its not a cristism but more a plea for understanding that we are THE FLYING SWAN HOT CHICKS...but not your REGULAR hot chicks...catch what I'm throwing at ya?
Sincerly...your fellow woman rider!