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Dec. 27th, 2001 | 04:19 pm

More annoyance from my doctor.

So he's been wanting me to lose weight and as a way to encourage me he wants me to come in every month.

This time he commented that I was bulking up in upper body strength and that perhaps I shouldn't do that. (As then I'm violating current american gender stereotypes.)

The sad thing is if I'm gaining upper body strength it's either from bicycling (which isn't supposed to do much for your upper body) or from doing about 10 minutes of yoga a day. Once again an activity I don't think is supposed to be adding much muscle mass.

All I can tell is that my body likes to add muscle without much provocation. And it's doing it even without the help of much testosterone.

So pretty much I've got the choice of either being pudgy or looking like an athlete. (without actually being one.)

It's a pity that the current standard of beauty for women seems to be rather thin and frail.

There was a point where I was tempted by the idea of trying to develop an eating disorder so I could try and conform to the expected "female" body type. Aside from my rational part know that doing such a thing is unhealthy, there was also the realization that given the way my body behaves achieving the idealized "female" body type is impossible for me. (Short of an advanced level of nanotechnology or cloning and brain transplants)

So is it possible for a tall, stocky, and muscular woman to be considered attractive? (And is that any better than tall, stocky, and pudgy?)

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from: fromthemorning
date: Dec. 27th, 2001 06:20 pm (UTC)

I know personally that I don't really care that much in the end, but I am not necessarily all for the frail waifish semi-perky look that's so popular. I'd be very comfortable with someone who had a little bit of extra body fat and who was muscular, and tall, too. I am about the same when I think about it, except not too much extra body fat. It's just when it gets to the point where the person doesn't care about themselves at all and doesn't try to be healthy when I get uncomfortable.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 28th, 2001 01:43 pm (UTC)

Maybe there is a innate standard of human beauty, that's mostly based on being reasonably healthy and having no major deformaties.

Having a body that's symmetric, has all it's pieces, has good blood flow, etc probably counts for quite a bit in the quest to be "attractive"

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 28th, 2001 01:22 pm (UTC)

What we are fed by Madison Ave. and Hollywood is not the norm, nor is it considered the most attractive by everyone in the known universe, as we would be lead to believe.</p> It's not? But I'm attracted to some versions of the ideal. Dang programming.</p> I've always found you a physically attractive woman.</p> Awww.. thanks...</p> And I'll try to resist my reflexive arguing against a compliment about my appearance.</p>

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