These are comments by A. Buchert and Mike L on the post “Open Thread: Does Watching the Olympics Make You Feel Bad About Your Body?“
A. Buchert said:
“Personally, I could care less. Their bodies are a product of the most arduous training routines the human body can withstand.
“I feel comfortable in my body, and while I acknowledge their bodies are more prototypically more attractive, I also know that physical beauty isn’t something that should be used as a measure of a person’s worth. (In the Olympians case, I think their beauty can be, but only as a byproduct of their determination to be the best at what they do.)”
Mike L said:
“These guys are heroes: they had whatever goals they had, and they put in countless hours working towards those goals. The hard work then paid off.
“Men are rarely judged solely on their looks: this is the basis of what NSWATM terms the “success myth.”
“When I see these guys I see that hard work does pay off. It’s refreshing and triumphant. I’ll likely never look like them, but I don’t have to, my goals are different.”
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