A Canadian writer named Amanda Deibert kicked off a Twitter thread that raised the issue of how people cope with the dangers of Running While Female.
It’s something no one should have to worry about while trying to exercise but it’s something that people very much do, with Deibert’s acquaintances reporting that they carry everything from pepper spray to alarm necklaces when going for a jog alone.
One of my mom groups has a thread that is just women listing and recommending which kind of protection they take when them when they go out running (Ie. pepper spray, alarm necklaces, whistles, etc) in case you wondered what being a woman is like— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) May 29, 2019
Deibert asked others to share how they protect themselves when running and the thread quickly went viral as it tapped into a sadly widespread experience for women.
Also, women: what do you use when you go out running?— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) May 29, 2019
The list of precautions women take when running was long and varied as were the sorts of weapons, both common and makeshift, that they arm themselves with.
Sharpest little ring knife with ridges to grab DNA 🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/10CgRIeA0t— Hayley Jay (@Hayjen9) May 30, 2019
My daughter runs with a vest and we modified it to carry a knife which she knows how to use to devastating effect ( thank you to my favorite cousin a retired SEAL )— Kranium (@Bighodagxl) May 29, 2019
I usually jog with this tucked in the hidden pocket of my running shorts, it has a nice clip I also keep it on me at my job cuz we’re an all female store and usually we close alone. pic.twitter.com/ARlhvCqV0t— werechef (@therealneyzilla) May 29, 2019
Klarus XT12-XML2-DGREY-A. I like this because I can take it into bars and no one recognizes it as a weapon. There is an emergency tab on the pommel that activates a strobe. The metal rim around the light is for bashing. Some flashlights are more stabby. pic.twitter.com/SlsZLzBp4y— AaronOfGreenGables (@AaronGables) May 29, 2019
I bought mace on amazon that stains skin neon green, so I can run away but they’ll still have to explain why they got maced in the face when I let all the news stations know my attacker looks like the hulk with bad allergies— Panic Turkey (@joannemmeyers) May 30, 2019
I don't go running because bum ankle, but I read this thread & I carry a pocket knife & a telescoping baton when I take walks alone or ride public transit. I am never unarmed & I don't know who I would be if I never had to worry. Also yes the weapons have saved my ass. https://t.co/SsQdvgONWG— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) May 30, 2019
That reminds me I need to buy a new thing of pepper spray. https://t.co/7ZWgmw7M1x— Ms. Charlotte (@charlotteirene8) May 31, 2019
I don’t run but my mom got me this off Amazon I believe. Comfortable and safer for you than the keys pic.twitter.com/EEPF0iGYh8— Mya Riley (@MyaRiley9) May 30, 2019
my dad got me a panic alarm that is supposed to stun attackers and also has a flashlight on it pic.twitter.com/Y8I5aCxFz6— conIee (@shallowcure) May 29, 2019
Pepper spray, knife, personal alarm, & go-fast feet. https://t.co/pAMN6UgCyA— Nony Mouse (@NonyMouse66) May 31, 2019
I'm a guy, but I'm disabled and ride around downtown on a medical mobility scooter. Not being able to walk more than a 1/2 block makes me vulnerable, so I carry a can of mace in the basket. Except to the ballgame. Mace is not allowed. 🙁— Real Cue Miller (Guilty of Everything) (@cuemiller) May 30, 2019
Knife everywhere I go, only time I have it out in my pocket is if I’m walking downtown https://t.co/CJFJVJLfu5— cwack uwu (@kitsunetheknife) May 30, 2019
Theres a lady that I see running down my neighborhood every morning. She carries a hammer. I dont think anyone fucks with her.— - ̗̀ ?🦖¿ ̖́- (@royalhoeness) May 30, 2019
Others employ animal companions/bodyguards.
My 105lb bodyguard, Rhaegar Targaryen Dogo Argentino no one messes with me pic.twitter.com/RMumNMR7DT— Courtney Logan (@gwgator) May 30, 2019
Grandpa trained my dog to bark rlly loud when I pulled his leash 3 times,he had a really deep bark so everyone would back off and it made me feel safe.— May (@may_rmrs) May 30, 2019
Easy past away last October and I haven’t felt safe alone since pic.twitter.com/EQFB95K74Q
My wife has started running again in the evenings. Atm, our youngest insists on going with her, dressed up as a ninja and carrying a 7 iron (don’t ask!), as well as taking the dog.— Rob (@bobbyblue5) May 29, 2019
She feels pretty safe.
Recent photo when she stopped for a drink. pic.twitter.com/LOUy8sYjiw
It’s a Bernese Mountain Dog in Battle Armour to help protect people I love. 😄❤️. - Battle Berner of House Science. pic.twitter.com/AG6M08MzHk— Bunsen (@bunsenbernerbmd) May 31, 2019
I take this, her face is intimidating enough 😇 pic.twitter.com/GtIEYmxBeI— Mrs.Chrome (@MrsChrome95) May 29, 2019
I always tell people no. She's not friendly. pic.twitter.com/pdDS3pT1l8— Lisacheeze (@Lisacheeze) May 30, 2019
Fear was a common theme and the sentiment that the world shouldn’t be like this.
Every time I see a woman running alone. I say a little silent prayer - I pray you get home safe and unharmed. 🙏🏽.— Jo (@jolucoburn) May 30, 2019
Welcome to womanhood! https://t.co/qkV2GMoLkm— emily (@copybykerr) May 31, 2019
My god this is unbelievable. Women having to weaponise themselves just to go running and not listening to music in fear someone might attack them! I don’t have the answer other than we all need to look out for each other.— Steven Valenti (@StartUpSCM) May 29, 2019
Amplify. Women live in fear in ways that never cross the minds of men. Every day. https://t.co/WgLDHemeoK— LibraryJunky (@LibraryJunky) May 31, 2019
This is an extremely dark statement - but when myself and my friends part ways walking home, we usually say “get home safe & remember always suspect murder”, i.e if we go missing, we haven’t run away or fled the country, but have been definitely killed. How unbelievably morbid!— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) May 29, 2019
Thankfully I live in a very safe country and can run with my headphones in without feeling afraid. I even run alone in forests. No problems. Yay Switzerland 🇨🇭 👍🏻— Julia Graf 🌸 (@hellojuliagraf) May 29, 2019
It's been a big conversation in Japan too. People discuss if it's right for women and girls to carry a safety pin to protect themselves from gropers on trains during rush hours. I have been disgusted by some comments to say ' It's just groper, don't overreact.'— ももみも🍒本当の大人な私になるための‧✧̣̇‧オンラインセミナー (@mmomomimo) May 29, 2019
This is so real. Not wanting to use public transportation at night or take uber or lygts at night by myself. Being a women means being prepared for anything at any given time. 🙄😑 https://t.co/pJrh30uqPG— Brittney Pettus (@ThePettusFiless) May 30, 2019
Being a woman is terrifying. Literally don't feel safe the majority of the time. https://t.co/kvVJ6kopID— Cali (@Calantha) May 31, 2019
😭😭😭 It breaks my heart that women constantly have to worry about being violated (physically and otherwise) when they are minding their own business https://t.co/L9CGixbncK— Donna (@Fegidee) May 31, 2019