Remember that old expression about walking a mile in someone’s shoes? Well, some caring men in Anchorage, Alaska, have done precisely that in an attempt to raise awareness for violence against women. They literally made the effort to walk a mile in women’s high heels to raise money for a local, nonprofit organization that supports sexual assault victims.
The fourth annual march to support women began on Friday, April 8, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska. More than thirty men walked in unison through a lengthy corridor at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. This procession is aptly known as “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.” Participants came from all walks of life and among them was the head of Alaska State Troopers, Col. Keith Mallard, who did his best to complete the walk despite temporarily losing one of his red suede, peep-toe pumps.
The men were more than good sports as they tripped over stilettos and wobbled along the mile-long route, reminding one of that famous line in the movie, Some like It Hot, when Jack Lemmon watching Marilyn Monroe jiggle her way along a train platform says to Tony Curtis, “ I tell you, Jerry, it’s a whole other sex.”
The men carried signs that belied the event’s amusement factor. Messages read: No Means No! Got Consent?, Shatter the Silence, and Alaskans Can End Sexual Violence.
Donations received from this most unusual event will go to an organization known as Standing Together Against Rape. The support of these men for their sisters, wives, daughters, girl friends and mothers reflects a growing concern on the part of men about women and sexual assault.
Taking a stand may be a wobbly effort, as it is in this case, but it counts nevertheless. More power to these guys for their clean hearts and noble spirits.
Hats (or should we say, shoes) off to you!