After Leah O'Connor's instagram comments about the forums we had an internal discussion when if ever should allow someone's body to be discussed on LetsRun or whether we should have a separate standard for men and women.
I don't think we ever had the debate on here. Our internal thinking was as long as it is done respectfully and related to performance then allow the conversation.
Personally I generally am for allowing the conversation. Obviously this is one extreme, but we received an email in the past from a person who said that a conversation about a pro being too skinny helped "save their life" as it helped them deal with their own eating issue. On the other end of the spectrum, if someone says someone is overweight I think that discussion goes on all the time with other sports so I'm fine with it as it's done respectfully, but see how others might be opposed.
About general discussions of someone's appearance I think most people are fine if someone says someone looks great, but if you allow that conversation often there is a post that says they don't so a hard rule might make it easier to police and some might say who cares if someone says that.
I'm starting this thread because the discussion got started in the Mary Cain comeback thread where a poster said
Pure Cain Sugar wrote:
Losing a few pounds would greatly improve her overall chancesof making it to the Olympics
I'm sure this will get deleted but, it shouldn't. I don't know why she gets special treatment. I see comments about Tom Brady being old, fat, washed up and Colin Kapernick being all manner of horrible things. Nick Symmond's weight is a popular theme and a myriad of other negative comments about other professional athletes are allowed. Why does Mary Cain, a grown ass woman and professional athlete, get coddled like a baby? If this is deleted I don't ever want to see another comment about any other athlete being out of shape or needing to lose a few pounds.
and the debate got started. I thought it would be good to start a general discussion of this topic apart from Cain although specific examples sometimes can help make the discussion real.