Lately, I've been antsy to start running again -- I stopped in June due to health issues and now that they are resolved, I am preparing to get back to it. So it's not surprising that as I wander through the neighborhood that will be mine in November, I sometimes think about where I will run.
I haven't just been thinking about it -- I've also talked to my fiance, who lives there now, about running routes in his neighborhood. The conversation went something like this:
"The running path down by the river -- is it safe?"
"I think your greatest danger is being hit by a bike." [Brief excursus about runners being hit by cyclists.] "I like running towards town better."
"Yeah, but I don't like running along main roads."
"There's a bridge over the highway so you won't get hit. There are some roads back here too that might be good. There's a big hill and lots of stairs that lead you to a park."
"That doesn't look like it'd be long enough. I'll probably go by the path."
"I don't like it in the winter. It's not very well lit."
[Moment of revelation for both of us: we are talking about different dangers.]
"Of course, I don't have the same concerns as a lady runner..."
I need feminism because my concerns when choosing a running path should not be dictated by my gender. That conversation brought to mind this collection of students explaining why they need feminism.