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  • Mikewats
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by Mikewats
    Isn't this where things are going wrong with female athletes, scared to lift real weights because they don't want to look manly. Well particularly in the sprints.
    I 'appreciate' fit, athletic-looking people, male or female. I've never seen a female athlete who looked too strong, i.e., manly. There were some East Bloc women athletes, maybe a certain 800 WR runner, who looked a little . . . rugged . . . but one suspects there were other factors involved there.
    Yes but a lot of young girls who are say 17-18 and may be starting a weights routine will just have a picture of a female bodybuilder in her head, who has dabbled in steroids and now has no breasts. I think we've all seen pictures of them.

    I think sometimes they don't quite realised how much harder it is for a female to get muscles without steroids. Plus low reps and low sets should be encouraged and explained that this won't build great masses of muscle, plus a greater appreciation of diet.

    basically this


    instead of this

    [copyrighted photos removed by mods... good grief, it even said "copyright" right on the photo; how hard a concept is that to understand?]

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by Mikewats
    Isn't this where things are going wrong with female athletes, scared to lift real weights because they don't want to look manly. Well particularly in the sprints.
    I 'appreciate' fit, athletic-looking people, male or female. I've never seen a female athlete who looked too strong, i.e., manly. There were some East Bloc women athletes, maybe a certain 800 WR runner, who looked a little . . . rugged . . . but one suspects there were other factors involved there.

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  • Powell
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    Originally posted by imaginative
    I note, in particular, that both looks and femininity vary naturally in the
    population; and that it should be the choice of each individual athlete (or,
    indeed, human) how she prioritizes various aspects of her person---up to and
    including extremes like Buschbaum (who should not necessarily be allowed to
    compete with women, however).
    Huh? She should not be allowed to compete against women because of her clothing or hairstyle? :shock:
    Of course, once she started taking male hormones as part of the sex-change process, she was eliminated from women's competition, but before that, did anyone have a problem with her?

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  • imaginative
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    The comments on the pragmatical benefits of looking good are spot on; however,
    I am troubled by the phrasing that it would be a female athlete's ``duty''.

    I note, in particular, that both looks and femininity vary naturally in the
    population; and that it should be the choice of each individual athlete (or,
    indeed, human) how she prioritizes various aspects of her person---up to and
    including extremes like Buschbaum (who should not necessarily be allowed to
    compete with women, however).

    (Beware that I am lacking the exact context: The given link timed out for me.)

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  • kamikaze7
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    A few years back, Sepp Blatter the FIFAS president suggested that female soccer players should wear tight short shorts as they do in volleybal and T&F. Suffice to say it was not well received.

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  • Mikewats
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    Isn't this where things are going wrong with female athletes, scared to lift real weights because they don't want to look manly. Well particularly in the sprints.

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by Cooter Brown
    The popularity of women's sports (and events within t&f) with Average Joe Sports Fan is in direct correlation with the attractiveness of the competitors. Just a fact of life.
    Even women's team volleyball with six women in spandex can't outdraw beach volleyball with only two women . . . in bikinis.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    The popularity of women's sports (and events within t&f) with Average Joe Sports Fan is in direct correlation with the attractiveness of the competitors. Just a fact of life.

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  • SQUACKEE
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    It's my duty, as a viewer, to monitor how good she is looking and i must say i approve of her pink kit.

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  • Marlow
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    Given today's culture, if you wanna maximize your earning potential, you MUST look good too. She's right. wPV is lots more popular than wHT (for example), and Isi is doing her part to keep it that way.

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  • ralmcg
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    A Duty to Look Good?

    I read in a Times Online article http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle6583801.ece that Yelena Isinbayeva believes that it is a duty for female track athletes to look like a woman. Although being a beautiful woman isn't a bad thing in track and field, I believe it is a more important duty for female track and field athletes to concentrate on their performances and not on their looks.
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