Here are some choice tid bits:
Today Jon Gugala, who is a freelancer for "Runner's World, Running Times, Competitor, RunBlogRun, and more," [sic] according to his Twitter bio, said that Tracy, as an amateur blogger, should stay in the shallow end. The shocking assumption he makes is that he is a professional blogger, considering his extremely impressive social media presences puts his Klout score at 12 out of 100 and he has a breathtaking 218 followers on Twitter and 60 likes on Facebook (as of the writing of this post). It is even more shocking because this professional blogger had the time to engaged me in a back-and-forth on Twitter for hours about his "perceived" sexism.
Granted I am not trying to measure up to this professional writer with my admittedly amateur blog post or more highly ranked Twitter feed. What I want talk about is the acceptability of his sexism within sports reporting.
Some facts for Jon and others: Women make up more than 50% of the US population and have been the fastest growing segment of the running community over the past several years, according to Running USA. My current PR will not qualify me for the Boston Marathon and I am OK with that. I hope one day to come close but I don't see it happening. However, I do not believe my current pace per mile has anything to do with my ability to identify sexism.
Most of the people I follow in the running world are women. My coach is a woman. My teammates are women (and men). Some of the best running bloggers out there are women. As I point out above, women make up most of the current running community and therefore it could be safe to assume they buy many of the publications that Jon relies upon for his income.
What I don't understand is why Jon didn't just say, "Sorry, didn't mean it that way, my bad" and move on. This would have been the professional thing to do, but he didn't do that. Instead he has spent his day belittling me and my friends online. I am a no one with a blog readership of three people. But more importantly, my livelihood isn't tied up in my blogging and tweeting about running. You would think a guy who needs to get paid for his writing by magazines that cover issues of a community made up of more than 50% women would try to put something like this behind him as opposed to making it his day long obsession.
So if you don't like Jon's point of view please send Chris Lambiase, Senior Vice President & Publishing Director for both Runner's World and Running Times, an email and tell him that Jon Gugala isn't who you want covering your sport. His email is first name DOT last name AT rodale DOT com. You could also write David Willey Senior, Vice President & Editor in Chief for Runner's World at first name DOT last name AT rodale DOT com or to Jonathan Beverly, Editor in Chief for Running Times at first name AT runningtimes DOT com to inform them of this attitude towards their readers.
I don't want to spam these guy, but it would be good if we sent in a few hundred emails. Say about 218.