Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Getting Chicked

Getting chicked is what some people call it when a guy loses to a woman in an athletic event. Some women have embraced the term as empowering. In fact, two women have started a clothing line celebrating the phrase.

I don't see how it's a positive thing in any way. It's basically saying that it's somehow bad for any woman to ever do better than any man in a physical competition. This is not just insulting to women, it's also not very encouraging to men just starting their journey to fitness.

Source: via Renee on Pinterest

There will almost always be people in a race who are raster than you and usually people who are slower than you, too. This phrase sets the inevitable up as a shameful thing, rather than putting the focus on ourselves to be the best runner we can be. That goal pits men against women. Men and women compete enough in life, can't we make the running community more welcoming and less judgmental?

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