Ovarian Psycos

All-female cyclist group fights for “mobility and access” in Los Angeles

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A new documentary by directors Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski, called Ovarian Psycos, tells the story of a collective of brown and black women who are “reclaiming the night, the streets, and cycling” in Los Angeles. Nearly six years ago, Xela de la X, a local Los Angeles community activist and musician, marked the founding of the Ovarian Psycos with the group’s first Luna Ride, a nighttime bicycling event that takes place beneath the full moon. Since then, the group has staged cycling events across Los Angeles, and Clitoral Mass, one of the group’s more notorious rides, now takes place in six cities around the country.

(Ovarian Psyco-Cycles/Facebook)

(Ovarian Psyco-Cycles/Facebook)

In an interview with GOOD Magazine, De la X says that bicycles are a practical mode of transport for working class women, but that woman of color are “brought up with a fear of movement and of the spaces we inhabit, a fear of navigating them.” De la X supports introduction of bike paths, but has clashed with other cycling groups who she says push to gentrify areas and in the process price poor women of color out of their own neighborhoods. Ovarian Psycos premiered March 12 in Austin at SXSW.

Read the full story at GOOD Magazine.

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