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22 August 2008 @ 12:22 pm
Linky post, olympic edition  
The Icelandic men's handball team is going to the finals, yaaaay!

akirlu's link to this account of the 1992 olympic marathon last-place finisher brought tears to my eyes. Wow. Just--wow.

It had not actually occurred to me that anyone's reaction to watching Dara Torres' swimming might be to feel insecure about their own bodies. I find that troubling in more directions than a linky post can cover.

Scottish penguin knighted by the king of Norway. A citation from King Harald the Fifth of Norway was read out, which described Nils as a penguin "in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood."

cedarlibrarian on why hating a book is fandom, too.

Avram Grumer paperblogs the Denver worldcon.

Excavation of a farm that may have been the home of Egill Skallagrímsson. No sign of Egill's buried silver yet, though.
 
 
 
ellameena on August 22nd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of put off by using Dara Torres as a stepping-off point for a body image discussion, simply because that sort of thing never comes up in reference to a male athlete. Why is it that when a woman is in excellent physical condition, it's an occasion for angst? Not every woman can be an olympic silver medalist, but anyone who spends 6 or more hours a day working out is going to get pretty damn good results. So, people, get over it!
Janni Lee Simner: Susan Pevensiejanni on August 22nd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes. Do we see articles about men feeling insecure because they're not Michael Phelps? If we do, I've missed them.

It seems pretty intuitive to me to appreciate Dana Torres' athleticism, to even appreciate that such athleticism is possible at 41, without feeling inadequate because I don't look or perform like a professional athlete, too.
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Janni Lee Simner: Susan Pevensiejanni on August 24th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
I had a story online some months ago that generated some strong reactions, love and hate, in its forum--it really clarified for me that--while like you say, of course I'd rather everyone just adore my work, I'm more than willing to pay the price of having a story be some readers' Worst Story Ever, if that means it's other readers' Best Story Ever.