In fact, despite of what some men might believe the same goes for most women: we do NOT get turned on by honking. On the contrary.
Okay, I won't go all 'men are pigs' on you. Because, A. I kind of like men, and B. I would be insulting the pigs. And there are a lot of great guys out there. Just wanted to point that out.
So, on a more serious note, I do NOT have a problem with men in general. It's just the honking, the 'hello, hottie', the 'Phieuw-ieuw' (uhm...whistling?), the cars pulling over, the cycling next to you and talking to you at the same time, and the butt grabbing kind of men that annoy the heck out of me. When I'm running, that is. It's not just annoying actually (I can handle annoying), sometimes it's down right creepy.
Example: yesterday's 15+-miler took me through a forest. I was running next to a somewhat busy road, but still...trees everywhere. Beautiful. And then a car with four guys in it pulled over, honking, started driving next to me at my pace, and the guys were yelling at me ('need a lift?', 'nice legs', 'hello, hotness'...the usual 'funny' stuff). And then it hit me. There weren't a lot of runners and cyclists at the trail I was on. And the cars were driving by fast. If these guys would drag me into their car, no one would know. I was creeped out. And up to that point I felt safe. Those guys took that away from me. Literally. Last night I had a nightmare about what ditches one could drag and drop a body into. Needless to say that I didn't get a whole lot of sleep.
Does the outfit matter?
When I told one of my co-workers about this incident this morning, her reply was 'were you wearing a running skirt?'. Yes, I was (and I was also wearing a long sleeve, hat and compression socks - fully covered), but does that justify the pulling over and following me? In my opinion, it doesn't. Plus, whether I'm wearing a skirt or shorts or tights, it doesn't really matter anyway: the honking continues. Apparently a girl on her (long) run is an extreme turn-on to some guys. And considering all the sweating, burping and farting that's going on when I'm on my long run, I don't get that. But that's not the point.
Feel turned on if you feel like it. It's fine with me. I just have one teeny tiny request. Please don't express it in a way that creeps me out. And that involves (endless) honking and pulling over.
To all the good 'non-creeping female runners out' guys out there: please tell those 'honking and pulling over' types to drop the act. ;)