One of the other things that is interesting to me are the differences between boys and girls toys. I can’t buy a gender neutral sleeping bag, I can buy a Barbie one...or I can buy a Cars one. (At least at Target.) Fortunately, my kid would drive MY car right now if I would let him so he was good to go. If I go to Target, there is the pink isle and there is the transformer / spiderman isle. It’s very segregated.
A similar thing with gender is happening with races. More and more often, I’m finding that the “new” thing in running is female only races. In fact, with 30 seconds of thinking, I came up with this list of female only races:
Nike Women’s marathon
MORE / Fitness Half Marathon
Diva’s Half Marathon series
Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon Series
Now, to be clear, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with any of these races – but they sure are popping up more and more frequently.
BUT WAIT, I can hear you asking.
I realize that I don’t have the requisite parts (ovaries) to comment TOO much on the races, but a female only mud run just sounds absurd to me. Never mind that the race has all sorts of disclaimers on their FAQ page that say that you don’t even have to get muddy. Isn’t it just a road race then? Generally speaking, races are 60%+ female anyway, do we really need to have something as specialized as a mud run be even more specialized by making it female only? To me, that would be like going into business selling sex swings (limited market) but only making them available for left handed people (limiting more). I mean, I would kick ass in the left handed sex swing user segment, but I would think I'd be limiting myself a bit.
I “get” that the purpose of these races is to provide a safe encouraging environment for women to run in. But, I really feel like a mud run might be going a bit too far. Am I alone? If you say that female mud runs are just fine and dandy then I'll totally put on my skirt and dive head first into the mud pit.