And all this time, you thought I was dramatic.
And while my mom was thrilled to have a little girl to put frilly pink dresses on... I never felt like my brothers and I had different expectations based on our genders.
Okay, okay. So, my oldest brother and I are both hams.
I followed my brothers around and did everything that they did.
Oh, that's cute, bro. One angry snowman.
(and plotted to myself about how I would do things better AND more efficiently).
Boom! Two snowwomen in the same amount of time!
Sure, I loved tea parties.
That Raggedy Ann bitch. She was kinda quiet.
And playing with barbies.
Barbie Dream House Christmas.
Best Day of My Life.
But whatever my brothers did, I did, too.
Like intently watch football with the guys.
Thanks to my family, I grew up a feminist. And nothing gets me riled up more than to talk about the inequalities of women in the workforce or the fact that women weren't allowed to vote till 1919. WTF people???? That still chaps my ass.
But to get to my point of this blog post (yes, there is a point, I'm not just gratuitously posting old photos here), there is a race here this weekend in Nashville called the Women's Half Marathon. And every year, when someone asks me if I'm running it, I go off on a tangent about how fucking ridiculous I think it is to have a women's race. My rant includes talking about how far women have come to try to be perceived as equals to men, so why in the WORLD would we want to have an all women race? How pissed would I be if there was an all-male race? Oh WAIT, there was in my lifetime... just a little thing called THE OLYMPICS. (The Women's Marathon as an Olympic event didn't happen until 1984).
This is what women's running looked like in 1984.
Kickass hair and all.
To add fuel to the fire, The Women's Half Marathon here has pace groups, but they only allow MEN to be the pacers. This is the real sticking point for me. To me, that just says... "Ohhhh.. silly women, you can have a race all to yourselves for prizes, but, hehe, you can't actually run fast on your own, you're too dainty and pretty for that, so, we'll have some big, strong men there to guide you."
I seriously almost give myself an aneurism when I talk about this. It's ridiculous how angry this makes me. But, truthfully, I've never heard another woman pipe up about this. I would NEVER run this race, because... well.. obviously, the aneurism and all... but, plenty of my women friends have and will continue to do so. Which makes me think... am I being totally unreasonable about this?
All these pictures and all this blabbering to ask you... Am I wrong, here? Is this somehow empowering to women? Am I just a getting worked up over nothing? Sure, there's a gap in men's and women's race times. I get that. But, do we really need our own fucking race? I just want to know why women sign up for these races. And why NO ONE ELSE CARES THAT ONLY MEN ARE ALLOWED AS PACERS.
Sorry. I really am genuinely asking about this and want your opinions. All 4 of you. Help me be able to maintain a normal blood pressure when the next person asks me if I'm running this race.