Men to Run in High Heels
By Jesús Aguado
In Mexico it is not easy to understand others “if you are not in their shoes.” For that reason, the nonprofit organization CASA is organizing the first Race for Men in High Heels. The call is open to men of all ages.
The high heel shoe races have been held across the world. Among their goals is to decrease discrimination against women, sexual attacks, and other problems. They have also been a way to raise money. For example, the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race is held annually in Mississippi; it is not open just to men, but also to women. The event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious cases, effects, and remediation of men’s sexualized violence against women.
Lupita Maravilla, in charge of the Casa event, told Atención that the organization, which has an antiviolence program, is launching this call to invite men to participate in the race wearing high-heeled shoes. The goal here, according to Maravilla, is to eradicate the limiting stereotypes towards women, such as believing that a woman cannot have a job other than being a teacher and that when a woman gets married, she ought to be at home cleaning, cooking, and raising the children. The race is also held to raise men’s awareness about women’s rights and to decrease machismo. To accomplish this, CASA wants to put men in women’s shoes in a symbolic way.
Maravilla made it clear that men may think they will be less manly wearing high heels, but that is not important. She remarked that there is an old saying, “The smaller the town, the bigger the hell,” but if men participate, they will become better human beings, who understand and respect the female gender because each of them “has a mother, a sister, a woman in their lives.” The requirements to participate are simple. Those interested must donate 300 pesos, which will go to the antiviolence program. Each man will receive a number and a shirt. If a man wants to participate but does not have the money, he can ask to be sponsored by someone who has donated money for this purpose. If high heeled shoes are a problem, the organization will have some available. The organization also invites anyone who has high heels that are no longer needed to donate them to Casa for the race.
The event will be held on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day. The contestants will gather at the Plaza Cívica at 11am. At noon, wearing high heels, they will walk to the Jardín where the race will take place. There will be prizes in cash for the first, second, and third place winners. The organization is not asking men to wear women’s clothes. That decision is up to the contestants.
For more information contact Lupita Maravilla; 154 6090 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.