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People Are Awesome: Badass Lady Motorbikers in Marrakech, Morocco

Mary Slosson

In Marrakech, the Moroccan city that serves as a gateway to the Sahara Desert, some totally awesome women are breaking gender stereotypes by riding motorbikes around the city, without a care in the world.

A photographer documented these awesome women in art, and if you're in New York, you can check out a photo exhibit of the work at Lenox Coffee at 60 West 129th Street.

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  • Hillary Newman

    I traveled to Marrakech a couple of years ago. I knew there were gender roles, but it wasn't until I was there and in it that I truly understood what that meant.

    I remember having dinner with our host. He invited my friends and I to dine at his house for a traditional Moroccan meal. After we found seats on the floor around the beautifully decorated table, our host's wife entered the dinning room with large plates of couscous and tagine. After she placed the food in front of us, she disappeared back into the kitchen. Our host explained that traditionally women do not eat with their husbands when they have dinner guests.

    And that was only the beginning of our conversation. Throughout the rest of dinner, our host explained a number of other sensitive or controversial topics, spanning from religion to government to terrorism, and on. I am so thankful for our host's honesty and openness.

    This is an awesome link, and I wish I could see the show.