Because I am a woman, if I am in public I will get harassed at some point. It has been happening since before puberty, as I’m sure every woman on the planet can relate. When I’m running it seems to happen more often than when I’m doing anything else, and I’m fed up.
My nonrunner friends don’t understand. They just can’t relate to the volume of cat calls I’ve had to put up with. They aren’t outdoors in shorts for 20-30 miles every week in every climate. They don’t spend hours upon hours of their lives without the shelter of a house, a car or even a group, so they don’t know what it’s like to be exposed out there, often alone…and to get yelled, hollered, or sneered at every day by every lowlife loser from his car, bike, or stoop.
This experience can be so jarring. You’re having a great run and feeling strong, when suddenly some dude comes along and says something that rips those feelings right out of the air around you. What do you do? Do you just put your head down and ignore him? As for me, I’m a pro at yelling back at harassers, and I say it’s better to let ’em have it if you can! More after the jump:
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