A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle



Fish on a bicycle by Ray Troll We can blame Gloria Steinem for a lot problems these days in verbiage and communication in the battle of men vs women.

But not this phrase.

Steinem writes to Time Magazine,

“In your note on my new and happy marital partnership with David Bale, you credit me with the witticism A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. In fact, Irina Dunn, a distinguished Australian educator, journalist and politician, coined the phrase back in 1970 when she was a student at the University of Sydney.”

Credit should go to Irina Dunn, graffiti artist and Australian Senator from the Nuclear Disarmament Party.

And made popular more by U2.

Liberals have the same world-view the world over.


In the Yoest household kitchen


Thank you (foot)notes:


Charmaine at

Murrayfield Stadium

Edinburgh, Scotland

Live8: The Final Push

with U2

shortly before

the London Bombings

July 7, 2005 Be sure to read My Wife Flew off with Bono and Branson; Bombed in London 7.7.05

Background research for Charmaine’s speech today at Harvard.


Nothin’ much to say I guess

Just the same as all the rest

Been trying to throw your arms around the world

And a woman needs a man

Like a fish needs a bicycle

When you’re tryin’ to throw your arms around the world


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2 Responses

  1. Sham says:

    Loved the picture fish on the bycycle.. you have a point 🙂

    Thank you for the refreshing post


  2. Chriss says:

    As a male who grew up amidst five sisters, I was a bit too strongly impressed with how females actually treat each other to readily buy into a lot of the feminist stereotyping and propaganda.

    As for tired old cliches, like “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”….my own observation is that “A woman with a man often looks like a fish trying to ride a bicycle”.

    Aside from a lack of humor, honesty

    and fairness, I find the lack of mutuality to be a serious indictment of the whole movement….that any person with a whit of common sense would ask “So if you see these faults in men, what are your own?”

    This practical common sense had to be driven out before the ideologies like Political Correctness and Feminism could take root.