When I returned to the all-girls school where I teach today, I was reminded of something that has been bothering me since I started running.
Women have an unnatural obsession with weight. And sizes.
I wouldn’t have minded comments about how healthy I look or questions about how my running is coming along.
But that’s not what I got. And I just stopped to think. How does this translate over to how we teach our girls? If we are leading by example, this isn’t a very good one.
This comes after other comments last week. I had students tell me that if their coach had to work with a woman, at least it was me because “you’re close enough to working with a [guy].” Not offended at all, I asked what they meant.
You don’t put up with sh*t.
Why does that have to be a male trait? I don’t think we do girls any great favor by making them think that being practical, having high standards and being straightforward are male qualities.
For a long time, I called myself a tomboy. I actually still do sometimes. But really what’s so boyish about what I do? It’s all just being human in my mind.