Mansplaining & victim blaming after lunch

Location: 26th & Pennsylvania NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Two female colleagues and I went for a lunchtime run today. It was a chilly, but beautiful day. On our return to the office, while we were waiting for a light at the crosswalk, a guy walked by and in a nice tone starts commenting “it’s great to see women running in packs. Y’all gotta stick together…can’t be running alone or else bad stuff happens….” I quickly quipped back that “it’s not our fault that things happen to us and we have every right to run alone.”

My colleagues were a little shocked and surprised that I responded that way, I don’t think they even realized what he was saying, but it immediately struck a nerve with me. Even though the comment wasn’t directly harassing us, I think it is very telling how this man’s mind works. It’s the woman’s fault if she runs alone and something happens to her. Absolutely FALSE.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted on 3/22/13 by “Carolyn Z”

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