Salty Running would like to issue a public service announcement. Be proud of your bodies and show them off to your heart’s content! But be aware that your photo may end up in a Flickr group called, “Sexy Joggers” and you could never know it!
“Sexy Joggers” must be the new catcall. And just like catcalls “Sexy Joggers” makes me feel slightly flattered, yet a lot creeped out. I don’t mind other people finding me sexy. Of course not! But, there is a difference between noticing someone’s sexiness in a respectful way and gawking at someone and their sexiness in a lascivious way. For instance, this photo by Mike Baird seems respectful to me and that’s why I chose it to illustrate my Training Basics feature. The woman looks strong and carefree, enjoying her run.
On the other hand, this photo of a woman running taken out the window of a man’s pick-up truck while he was driving, is all kinds of creepy. The shot is quite artistic, actually. It really lends the sense that the runner is prey. She’s half-naked, not focused on her surroundings, vulnerable.
That’s the thing. When we women go out in our little outfits, tune out the world and go for it on our runs we are a little vulnerable. It’s sad, but true. While we should be able to run whenever, wherever and in whatever we want without worrying about a thing, that’s just not the case. I wish everyone revered women who care about their bodies, enjoy being athletes and work hard. The sad truth is some view women runners as nothing more than a thing for their own viewing pleasure. Sites like “Sexy Joggers” just encourages our objectification. (Reverential sites like this one and this one help make up for it a little bit!)
My intention is not to add one more thing to your list of worries and I certainly want no one to be self-conscious about their running at all. It’s always important to run safe, but no matter what we do it seems that if we run in public we will be subject to this stuff. I just want to make you aware of this phenomenon and now we can all check “Sexy Joggers” regularly to make sure we’re not there if we don’t want to be!