I’m a regular reader of the blog site, Anne the Vegan. Anne’s posts are usually about running or food but every now and again she writes eloquently about society; about events of the day; about justice and injustice. This evening she published a piece which stems from public criticism of Eliza Fletcher’s decision to go for an early morning run by herself. Ms. Fletcher was abducted and murdered, and in some circles the finger of blame has been pointed at her for doing something that I, a white male, have done, and felt safe doing, for over fifty years. As Anne points out in her piece, a flaw in our society holds women to a different standard. I can’t begin to understand or communicate the frustration and anger that women must feel, but Anne does so in a piece that is well written and powerful. Please scroll down to a link to Anne’s thought provoking piece.
I went for a 7 mile run yesterday, per my marathon training plan. Did I think about safety? I always do. I can’t afford not to. I’m a woman. I also thought about the abduction and death of a female runner as I ran. And I ran alone. On a college campus. And I couldn’t […]
Why does society still blame the victim? — Anne the Vegan