Every day lately, there’s a new viral article about the harassment and threats women runners face when daring to run in public. It’s like suddenly publishers and social media users everywhere learned what dedicated women runners have known all along — women runners deal with annoying, intimidating, or even threatening harassment frequently. How novel!
So now the media has graduated from telling women what they should do to run without being attacked, while blithely ignoring helpful tips that would render all of those unhelpful tips unnecessary, such as telling men not to rape, murder, catcall, grope, comment, scream at, or make lewd gestures at women runners or anyone, for that matter. We’ve graduated to recognizing the problem is bigger than the few senseless murders that grab all the headlines. A step in the right direction?
If nothing else, this is a great jumping off point for further discussion. Here let’s start with a couple of questions:
- Have you ever felt physically threatened or been harassed while running?
- Does the threat of harassment or physical harm factor into your decisions about running? If so, how?