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what a terrible title. I bet no women want to listen to what i have to say when i started with a title like this. amirite?

A good way to loose solidarity is to alienate those who may agree with you. just sayin

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You're very fragile aren't you?

Whatever broflake.

Us men are the problemo. But at least they may love us cause they complete us.

You are an asshole.

Swing vote Justice Kennedy has ruled that comment as a personal attack.

Justice Kennedy is a bigger asshole.

Sexism is real. You and I don't notice it when it's subtle like the shoaling instance but women do.  This is a good forum for cyclists. Let women complain and call out sexist behavior here without comment. It's an ok thing to do. We can learn from it.

No, you don't notice it because a lot of sexist behavior is not big blatant gestures but small things or overriding social paradigms that it's not as easy to see if you are not the one they are directly happening to.

Men can be kind of terrible ad women often bare the brunt of that terribleness; let them complain about it. What harm does it cause you to acknowledge their struggles?

Thank you for acknowledging the nature of the problem. 

Thank you. Constructive adult conversations are a good start at solving the problem.

I'm going to take off my CL owner hat for a minute and share what I really thing about this thread, about the reaction a few of the men are having. Let's start with this statement, "A good way to loose solidarity is to alienate those who may agree with you. just sayin"

Jorge, Do women owe you special sensitivity when expressing their frustration because they've experienced male aggression when riding to work? How about when they are cat-called and harassed? When you say we must behave a certain way in order to gain your support about the abuse we experience, do you understand what you are telling us to do? 

So when men kindly step up and explain it to you, what is your answer? To drop words like fuck and dick. 

I appreciate what Dug is saying and the fact that he's been disagreeing with people, sticking his neck out all by himself and frankly not breaking a single rule doing it has earned some serious props in my book. Maybe instead of demonizing him, try to see it from his perspective? 

As a woman that has been attacked a number of times (#metoo) since my teens, I know male aggression and I know very well what it is like to be a woman. Men can try to empathize, try to understand but you don't walk in our shoes. So when a woman posts a rant about male aggression and shoaling, she deserves the space to express and discuss it. Scolding women for saying it without enough male sensitivity is laughable considering the subject matter. 

Women have many examples both on and off the bike of male aggression. So when you want to whip out words like "dick" and tell us we have to post our complaints a certain way in order for you to believe and support us, think again. We don't HAVE to do anything. 

Thank you, Yasmeen.

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