An Australian woman is fighting to get rid of compulsory bicycle helmet laws because she deems them to be "sexist."
Sue Abbott of New South Wales believes that people should have the option of whether to wear bicycle helmets because forcing women to use helmets is "sexist."
"It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair," Ms. Abbott explains. "And women have told me that’s one of the factors (for not riding bikes)."
Specifically, Abbott is campaigning to make helmets optional instead of mandatory. She believes those who say that wearing helmets are important for safety do not understand a woman's need to have nice "hairstyles" and are sexist for suggesting women should follow mandatory helmet laws.
Abbott has been fined over a dozen times, often with each ticket costing over $100. However, she plans to continue her non-helmeted rides. “I firmly believe more people would ride bikes if helmets were optional," she adds.
Ms. Abbott called helmet laws "ridiculous."
On Thursday, Abbott will be taking part in a bicycle protest in New South Wales. She said she will not be wearing a helmet.
Oddly, Abbott did not address men who also style their hair, only mentioning women having the problem of "helmet hair," interestingly stereotyping an entire gender.