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2008·05·01 · 3 Comments
|Walk (Run) a Mile (a Few Feet) in Her Shoes|
This is a guest post, written by my daughter, Sarah. It‘s a little sarcastic, I‘m afraid. I have no idea where she got that. —David
Today the college I attend sponsored an event to raise awareness for domestic violence. The event left me feeling very confused. It is called “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes,” and it is held here every year. The idea of the event was that if men put on dresses and high heels and try to race in them, it will raise awareness for domestic violence. My sociology teacher offered extra credit points to people who went, so I did. As I watched teachers and football players duct tape women’s shoes to their feet I thought of all they would learn. Now they will understand what we go through every day as we strap on our stilettos and run everywhere, I thought. Now they know how hard our lives really are as we try to climb the corporate ladder in five inch heels and sundresses. This is why it is hard to get out of an abusive relationship; it is too hard to run in high heels. This is also probably why men beat their wives. They are not wearing heels, they are wearing comfortable men’s shoes. Maybe if more men wore heels they would all become more sensitive to the daily problems women face and stop beating their wives.
Later that afternoon I talked to someone who had attended the college a few years ago.
“Oh yeah,” he said when I mentioned the event, “I ran in that one year, but I can’t remember what it was about. . . .” I told him why he had run in women’s shoes and he looked very surprised.
“Really, I thought it was just one of those wacky end of the school year things.” I’m glad he attended and participated.
Aside from the fact that a few of my teachers have nicer legs than I do, I did not learn much from this. It was very entertaining to see grown men in high heals, and to watch them race each other in them. Their parents must be proud. I still know very little about domestic violence. I also find it sad that this is what these men think they have to do to show that they are concerned about domestic violence. There must be another way. Maybe this is a reflection on our culture today; the fact that to get people’s attention you have to put men in dresses is a sad thought. Domestic violence is a problem and there is really nothing funny about it. Most of the people who attended this event could not have cared less about domestic violence; they just wanted to be entertained for an hour.