Dismissing Soul Cycle Moms Is Cheap and Easy

October 30, 2014 7:02 PM

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Dismissing Soul Cycle Moms Is Cheap and Easy

On any given morning, a favored haunt of mine, Irving Farm Coffee Shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has at least one table full of pre or post workout Soul Cycle Moms. These women are so visible everywhere, not just in my neighborhood, but all over town, not to mention the other coast, that the expression, Soul Cycle Mom, captures a vivid and recognizable stereotype--women of privilege, with nothing better to do with their lives than shop (first stop Lululemon), go to their workouts, hang out with their friends, who are all just like them, while having mani-pedis, talking about their not-deprived children and latest home renovations.

Yes, that's an unfair, gross over-generalization that robs many good women of their worthy individuality. But like all stereotypes, it carries a seed kernel of truth. The expression has achieved such ubiquity, that I was recently listening to the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast, and in a discussion of...

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