The Race for Life is a fund raising event which is for females only. CRUK say that the race is for women only because that’s why it was started in 1994. They say have a promise and responsibility to keep it so because of it’s origins. They even go to the extreme to keep that rule by allowing transgender people to enter – so long as they were born female. They allow transgenders because of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, but they blatantly ignore the Equality Act 2010.
It has been noted that they seem to have missed a loop hole. Male dogs can run so long as they are accompanied by their female owner.
They also go to the extreme of not highlighting that it is females only, except for the pink all over the site. It’s only when you apply that you notice that the drop down list for title only lists Miss, Ms, Mrs, Dr, Prof, and Rev. You would get the impression that they are a bit embarrassed about it not be fair and equal.
Many people get the impression that it’s because its a race for breast cancer. I’m sorry but men get breast cancer too. Admittedly in smaller percentages but they still do. Even if was just for female breast cancer, women aren’t the only ones who suffer. The partners, sons, and fathers of the women also suffer, not just the mothers and daughters.
Even CRUK admit that it’s not just about breast cancer any more, stating that someone gets diagnosed with a cancer every two minutes as part of the blurb on the website. That implies any cancer for everyone, male or female.
So why does it carry on being a female (and young boy) event? Yes, there is an exception. Males under the age of 12 are now allowed to enter after a mother with cancer complained that her sons couldn’t join them on the race. It’s not like attempts have been made to change the rules to allow men. An equality campaigner even took CRUK to the Equal Opportunities Commission in 2003 but lost. Maybe because he, … opps just let the cat out of the bag. Yep, the equality campaigner was male. More seriously, the EOC denied John Taylor’s claim because it wasn’t within their remit of employment, education, housing and provision of goods, facilities and services to the public. Mr Taylor even tried to come to a compromise by asking CRUK to set up a male only run. It could cover male cancers such as testicular and prostate cancers. CRUK have not made any attempt to set up such a race.
Another reason why CRUK say the race if for women only is because it’s a fun run. It’s not designed to be competitive, which if you read between the lines means that they think that if any men were involved that their testosterone would overpower them and it would become a race for the fastest times. But men race in fun runs without attempting to be competitive. Women also do race competitively, just look at the olympics. And I seriously doubt that some don’t do it to beat some personal best time. In fact some keep track of their time and talk about beating it.
So should it be allowed to be the only event which is sexist? I mean there are many other charity fun runs so it’s not like men don’t have a choice of other races to enter to raise money for charity. But should they be excluded from joining in a charity event to raise money for cancers that struck down their mothers, sisters, wives, or daughters?
Apologies to the ex-landlady for suddenly going all male and macho. This will not be a regular affair. This blog is a friendly site for all sexes and will remain so.