everyday sexism live feed:
In high school, I had already been training as a runner for years. During PE, we had to run the mile one day. The teacher split us up into girls vs boys, 1)because there was probably 50+ of us in the class, 2)because yes, on average guys do run faster than girls without training. (focusing on the without training part) When we got to the track, I had been dreading the moment, and coach called for the boys to come to the line. I walked up there with them. He looked at me with a small bit of shock. I simply said "I can run just as fast as the guys and you know it." So he nodded, looked at the rest of the girls and said "anyone else?" No one else came up, but he asked. He didn't do it angrily or condescending, he just asked because it made no difference to him. What shouldn't be a success however, is that it surprised me.
For the record, only one boy beat me. He ran a 5:45 mile, I ran a 6:00 mile.