Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Biker Dating and the Distribution of Biker Singles

When many people think of biker singles, they are probably going to assume that the majority of them are men. According to the stereotype, motorcycles are associated with men. There are plenty of associated stereotypes about the women who are interested in motorcycle riding, and many of them revolve around these women supposedly being less feminine than many other women. Biker singles who want to succeed in this sort of dating should try to remove these stereotypes from their minds as quickly as possible, since any given biker single is just going to run into problems the more he or she internalizes these ideas while biker dating.

The biking subculture has a somewhat complicated attitude towards gay relationships in general. Motorcycle riding is an activity that is associated with gay women, for better or for worse. However, there is a great deal of machismo in the biking subculture, and machismo and gay rights have often had something of a contentious relationship. Dating sites in general tend to vary in terms of their embrace of gay couples, and biker dating sites are no exception. It is true that the biker subculture is out of the mainstream, and subcultures that deviate from the mainstream sometimes tend to be friendlier to stigmatized groups. However, as gay people become more accepted in today’s society, this pattern is going to become even more complicated.

Biker singles who are interested in straight relationships are going to have an easier time, which is symptomatic of a larger problem within online dating in general. Society is changing quickly, but not all aspects of society are moving forward in the same direction. Motorcycle dating is going to be a more friendly environment for queer people than some environments, but this is still not going to be a place in which they can let their guards down, and they will struggle when looking for biker dating sites.

The biker subculture is going to be at least somewhat more friendly to the women who are not traditionally feminine. A woman who is interested in motorcycles and the associated attire is going to be defying some gendered expectations by definition. However, some of the gendered expectations will still apply. The machismo in the biking subculture is going to select for women who are tomboys and men who are often hyper-masculine. This combination is not stereotypical, since hyper-masculine men often seek hyper-feminine women. The biker subculture can subvert gendered expectations in a very weird way, while conforming to them in ways that can seem predictable.

One way or another, people are better off being honest about their gender presentations and preferences on biker dating websites. It is better to seek the people that one wants in the first place. Eliminating the people who aren’t going to be suitable right off the bat is ultimately a good strategy, even if it means reducing one’s potential options. There are plenty of biker singles who are tolerant of a wide range of sexual preferences and sexual presentations, even in spite of the odd way that this manifests itself in the subculture.

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