Jefe in the CO wrote:
I'm in the same boat, harassed mercilessly when running a lot, not really at all now. Had eggs, Slurpees, god-knows-what thrown at me. Accused of being a fag, punk, etc. Plenty of cars circling back if I responded, got in one fight, the rest of the time it was all bluster. Back in the 70's we would get harassed by somebody at least a couple of times a week. I'm guessing, with many more runners on the roads, it's less today. Which may account for the drop in male harassment claims. God forbid if you were a woman running back then. Ugh.
I don't think that the harassment was clothing related though. I think it is more of a location type thing. Never once, today and when I was running a lot, did I concern myself with the safety of the area that I was running in. I went everywhere and anywhere. Women are much more conscious of "safe places to run". So, for me, the harassment is more location specific and less about short shorts.
Started running the roads in '67 while in high school, pre-running boom. Experienced all of the above and worse. Manys the time I day dreamed about carrying, maybe fire a few warning shots. No women running then except on the local track. The worst was running after work in the dark trying to meet my mileage. Many close calls of getting hit by car on purpose.