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Are Women-Only Races Sexist? No. Are They Good for Women? Yes. #tbt

For today’s #tbt I searched back to April 2013, five years ago, to see what we were writing about. It’s extremely interesting to me to observe the evolution of the blog over the past five years and especially how my thoughts on some things have changed. But one thing that hasn’t changed is my support of women-only spaces, including events. There is still a place for them and I’m glad we have them. For more, read on….
Have a good one!
Tracy

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

bigstock-Water-Start-1455231In July, Sam and I are taking part in the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.  It’s a women’s only event that happens annually.  The founder, Janet Bannerman, established the race to raise money for the local community and

 “to give the women the opportunity to have a race where they could feel empowered. They could compete against other women and feel comfortable.”

We might react more negatively to races for men only, wondering why they were excluding women. We might even go so far as to say that they are sexist because they discriminate against women.  Why should we regard women-only races any differently? To answer this question, we need to think about the reason for them.

The idea of spaces for women only has been around for a long time.  Author Virginia Wolff talked about the need for women to have “a room of their own.” She reasoned that the women…

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