Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stop. Catcalling. Women.

I got catcalled and honked at three times on my run Friday, which I think is a record for me. I'm not sure if it was the warm weather, or if people had the Friday Crazies, or what.

I don't understand what the thought process is that goes into catcalling. How many women have been catcalled or honked at and then thought, "You know what? Maybe that is my Prince Charming? I better chase him down."

I want everybody to read this feature, "Running While Female," by Runners World, if you haven't already. This paragraph really stuck out to me:
“The public sphere is [still] a male space,” says Michael Kimmel, Ph.D., distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. That’s why any woman who leaves her home for any reason—to run, to work, to get the mail—could potentially be harassed, and why this is not just a running issue but a societal one. Honks, innuendos, and so on are a man’s way of saying, “You are present in my space and I’m going to let you know it’s my space.”
If you catcall women, stop. If you're with someone who catcalls women, ask them to stop. It's not cool. It's not funny. It makes you a shitty person. Stop it.

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