This is a pretty weird story that’s appeared in the Daily Mail today – but it’s well worth a look if you’re a biker, or a woman, or a woman biker, or a make biker with long hair.
Here’s what the Mail says:
A man who let his hair grow past his shoulders has revealed how constantly being mistaken for a woman on the open road has made him realize the constant threat of violence female drivers face on a daily basis.
In the years following his decision to grow out his hair in 2012, former professional BMX racer, Jack Baruth, 44, from Brooklyn, said there have been numerous incidents in which male drivers threatened him and screamed vulgarities at him – until they realized he is a man.
‘There are some men out there who, given the chance, will take a traffic incident as an excuse to harass and threaten women,’ he wrote in an essay for Road and Track. ‘Listen, I’m not what they call a “social justice warrior” searching for wrongdoings, but the evidence of my own eyes – and hair – is too strong to refute.