Many of you will have heard by now of how SELF Magazine chose to ridicule a cancer patient because she was running a marathon in a tutu. It appears to be a case of poor journalism backed by a “mean girls” attitude. But is there more to this attitude than just a distain for “froufrou” as SELF proclaims? Maybe it’s more about trying to be their vision of a “perfect” woman, sovaldi sale not your own self, pharm but their narrow take on SELF.
I’ve always wondered why it’s a bit of an insult to call something “girly.” I AM a girl, diagnosis so why is that a bad thing? It seems more empowering to women to accept a love for “froufrou” tutus and princess outfits. If it is OK to be a girl, then it is OK to like “girly” things. Or not, it’s a choice, not someone else’s idea of how we should look.
SELF’s other slam on the tutus is that “people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster.” Excuse me? Out of the thousands of runners in a race, only a handful are competing with anyone except themselves. Runners in costume get support from spectators and other runners that can be a boost when the energy starts to drag. But it’s not about speed, I for one will never be fast. It’s about fun.
Costuming adds a whole new level of fun to planning for a race. As soon as you sign up for a run, the excitement of choosing a costume kicks in. There is the thrill when you finally discover the perfect shade of green shirt to complete your outfit. Then at the race, there is a tremendous amount of fun from seeing other costumes and hearing your character’s name shouted as you run along. And now that running in costume has become so popular, there is a great sense of community among costumed runners.
That community is rallying to support Tmae Baize and Monika Carlson Allen, the tutued runners that SELF chose to criticize. A lot of the hostility towards SELF has focused on the fact that Monika is a cancer patient whose tutu business Glam Runner supports Girls on the Run, a program that empowers young girls through running. And I agree that makes SELF’s ridicule shockingly offensive. But bullying people because they don’t conform to your idea of what people should wear is unacceptable in any context.
I would say that I will never read SELF again, but I never read it in the first place. I do not aspire to have flatter abs in 10 days. I am on a constant quest to be a better person, but not someone else’s idea of the perfect “SELF.” I would hope that we can all, men and women, embrace our inner girly, wacky, fun-loving, heroic sides without facing ridicule. We all just want to get out there and run, silly!