Hand-signed, 8.5″x11″ prints on archival 100% cotton rag
Being a female runner is definitely different than being a male runner for a lot of reasons (sports bras!). But, a lot of that is how we experience being a running body in public. Having been a runner since I was 13, I’ve experienced more close calls with creepy dudes than I like to count. When I lived in a smaller town, I used to take inventory of every car that passed me, in case they ended up passing me numerous times. That hyper-vigilance actually saved me from being attacked one night when I ended up running across a field where the car couldn’t follow.
I realized that the routes I choose and the clothes I wear are often dictated by concerns for my safety. I’d love to be able to run, freely, anywhere…to go out late at night in a quiet neighborhood. I don’t want a running partner. I want to be left alone when I’m running. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of men out there who make it impossible. This map is an absurd guide to the regular wish-it-wasn’t-so paranoia of running as a woman in the city.
Originally released as a limited edition as part of SHMap-a-Day 2022, this print is now back by popular demand!