Tag Archive | feminism

Hell Yeah I Run Like A Girl!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs

I came across this video on the runners world facebook page, and absolutely loved it. When did doing something “like a girl” become and insult? Take my blog title for example; “Runner Girl Robin”
I identify myself as a runner, and a girl. And obviously i don’t use any of those terms in a derogatory fashion.

The producers ask older women, and 10 year old girls, the same question: Show us running like a girl.
The older women demonstrated the stereotypical girly girl; laughing, flailing their arms.

But the 10 year olds were a different story. They ran straight and tall, with proud confidence. One girl even said “running like a girl means running as fast as I can!”

It’s time to redefine what doing something “like a girl” means. Because why is it a bad thing?!

If running like a girl means running tall, proud, and with a smile on my face, the hell yeah I run like a girl!

Use the hashtag #LikeAGirl on twitter to declare your support!

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#YesAllWomen- It Needs to be Talked About!

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If you’re active on social media, chances are you have probably heard about the new trending topic #YesAllWomen. This hashtag is a representation of the constant sexism and unequal treatment women still face today. Through this hashtag, women have shared their stories of unfair experiences, and the way we have to live differently just to be safe. 

14 #YesAllWomen Tweets That Everyone Needs To See

But who does this apply to more than us female runners?! Every month the magazines give us safety tips; run with only one ear bud in, run with a partner, stay in busy areas, etc. 

And lets not forget about those lovely cat calls!

So, here’s mine: 

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What do you think of the trending topic?

Female Prejudice in Running Part 2: Robin’s View

Home for the summer from college, most of my runs have been around Rochester, the town I grew up in and have been running in for the past 5 years.

But there seems to have been a shift. Never in my running career have so many of my runs involved vulgar comments coming from men in their cars. It’s pretty much come down to a daily basis. So what has changed?

What disturbs me most is that I look young for my age. I’m 19, but I’m often mistaken for a young high schooler. Keep in mind that that would make me underage. This would occasionally happen on runs in high school as well. Do people really think it’s ok to make these kind of gestures to under aged girls?

So what’s shifted? Why is this suddenly so much more prevalent than ever before? This is where I’m stumped. You would think people would have the kind of class and decency to not say some of the things they do…yet still the remarks just get worse. Is it a cultural shift? Is it a lack of education in manners? I really don’t know, but the fact that it’s continually rising agitates me. Especially since it’s happening to younger and younger girls. It’s not acceptable.

What are your thoughts on the issue?

Female prejudice in the running community

A few weeks ago, I asked my female tumblr followers how they feel when they are honked/whistled at while running, assuming it’s for appearance purposes and not for motivation. I asked if they are flattered, or disgusted.

I was flooded with responses and, not surprisingly, most women said it makes them feel uncomfortable. 

Before continuing, keep in mind there is no wrong answer to this question. For some, this is taken as a compliment on the work they are putting towards their bodies, and that is perfectly acceptable.

But does that make this treatment acceptable?

Men take off their shirts for a run, no big deal. We want to run in a sports bra? A whole new situation. I’ve had older women tell me it’s “inappropriate” and even “slutty.” Why? Because of a little more fatty tissue? I wasn’t aware that something we can’t control, let alone extra breast tissue, was inappropriate.

Put that aside, some women refuse to run in a sports bra alone because they are so uncomfortable with the reaction they will get on their body. Afraid their stomach is too big, they’re too pale…the list goes on and on. 

Do you know what it’s like to run in a cotton shirt on a 100 degree day? I hope you don’t, because it’s painful. 

As touchy as this subject is, there is nothing acceptable about society making a woman feel uncomfortable in her own skin. Found the image below on tumblr and absolutely love it.

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