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Opinion | College Athletes and Ideals for Women’s Body Image


To the Editor:

Re “Ladies in Faculty Sports activities Really feel Strain to Be Lean at Any Price” (Sports activities, Nov. 14):

Thanks for elevating consciousness concerning the dangers of scrutinizing physique composition in faculty athletes. I’m a medical psychologist specializing in consuming problems, and the highlighted profiles echo tales I’ve heard many instances over.

No proof means that taking part in a sport causes consuming problems, however charges of those sicknesses amongst athletes are larger than the nationwide common. Athletes who take part in endurance, weight-class or aesthetic-based sports activities are at heightened danger.

A give attention to metrics like physique fats share and physique weight might breed an unhelpful hypervigilance on restrictive consuming, physique dimension and burning energy. Faculty-age women and men are sometimes nonetheless maturing bodily, and by taking drastic measures to vary their our bodies danger their bodily and psychological well-being.

In addition they danger lacking out on the best pleasures of sports activities: being teammate and discovering pleasure in competitors even whereas competing at a excessive private stage.

Deborah R. Glasofer
New York
The author is an affiliate professor of medical medical psychology, Columbia Middle for Consuming Issues, New York State Psychiatric Institute.

To the Editor:

Ladies in faculty sports activities are merely the tip of the spear relating to our prosperous tradition’s extensively promoted perfect of thinness for girls. I lived in Nigeria for a few years, and there plumpness in a girl is seen as a fascinating signifier of affluence. So this perfect for girls’s our bodies is something however common or timeless.

Athletes and dancers carry out in public, and the strikes that make up their routines are simpler when there’s much less physique fats to deal with.

This reality extends into different areas of every day life. However although males carry out these actions too, and also can have consuming problems, the truth that ladies are the point of interest of this dialogue, as they have been once I was a professor of girls’s research at Rutgers, says one thing concerning the bigger problem of gender beliefs in our tradition.

To the Editor:

In “Democrats, Let’s Seize This Second” (Opinion visitor essay, Nov. 14), Senator Elizabeth Warren claims, “The so-called consultants who known as Democrats’ messaging incoherent have been simply plain flawed — and candidates who ignored their recommendation received.”

I urge to vary. Surveys present that a big majority of People favor most Democratic insurance policies — authorized entry to abortion, a good and progressive tax construction, robust environmental laws and employee safety, an affordable minimal wage, not slicing Social Safety or Medicare, and the Reasonably priced Care Act. But many Democratic candidates barely squeaked by, and the Democrats misplaced management of the Home of Representatives.

It’s simple to know what Republicans stand for — even when it’s based mostly on lies. It’s all around the media. I’m unsure that almost all People can say what Democrats stand for, though a big minority of People appear to suppose that we steal elections, and need to curtail the police, open the borders and hand out massive sums of cash to individuals who refuse to work. Why? As a result of the Republican message (usually lies) is getting by.

Democratic politicians might have nice concepts, however they’re horrible at speaking them. In any other case they’d have a a lot greater majority in authorities.

Shaun Breidbart
Pelham, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Democrats squeaking by within the midterms is not an awesome endorsement of President Biden’s spending and different insurance policies. In lots of circumstances it’s voting for the least worst candidate.

Has Elizabeth Warren not seen the polls about dissatisfaction with each former President Donald Trump and President Biden? If “not one of the above” have been a selection, it will probably have received on many ballots.

As a centrist, I would like elected officers to cease speaking and writing about how nice they’re and the way unhealthy their opposition is. Quite, give attention to what you’ll accomplish, bipartisan cooperation and downside fixing.

Lots of my reasonable Democratic buddies would vote for Liz Cheney if she have been a presidential candidate. Certain, she is extra conservative, however she has demonstrated integrity, bipartisanship and intelligence. That may be a refreshing change.

Gail MacLeod
Lexington, Va.

To the Editor:

Re “Democrats See Adams at Root of State Losses” (entrance web page, Nov. 18):

Mayor Eric Adams didn’t lose 4 New York congressional seats. Asserting that he’s in charge says, in essence, that almost all of voters who elected Republicans in swing districts selected poorly and that if voters had not been instructed crime was an issue, the Democratic candidates in these districts would have received.

Mr. Adams has recognized crime as a precedence for his administration. By advantage of profitable election, he’s entitled to set his agenda. Whether or not the present enhance in crime is a surge or a blip will be debated, actually, however the concept that he ought to soft-pedal considerations about public security to assist different Democratic candidates is inappropriate.

Then again, the truth that Republicans exploited perceptions about crime for electoral achieve could also be deplorable, however it’s effectively inside the guidelines of the sport.

The Democrats’ lack of New York congressional seats resulted from hubris round redistricting and willful ignorance about public notion of points like bail reform. Eric Adams had nothing to do with both.

Rob Abbot
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Misinformation on Pelosi Assault Unfold by G.O.P.” (entrance web page, Nov. 6):

The notion appears firmly rooted amongst Democratic political leaders that since politics is tough and tumble, they need to rise above it when the G.O.P.’s fabrication machine spews ominous conspiracy theories and baseless slurs to obscure actuality.

However since Republican politicians aren’t restrained by disgrace, widespread decency or respect for the reality, tolerating their falsehoods solely encourages the appropriate wing to wallow in fact-free filth. As a substitute, the victims of right-wing slanders owe it to themselves — and to us — to hunt cash damages for defamation from reckless Republican liars.

First Modification legislation protects scorching invective. However there’s a restrict. Beneath the constitutional ideas that govern defamation legislation, a political speaker will not be free to knowingly utter falsehoods or to talk with reckless indifference to fact or falsity.

That precept plainly applies to unfounded Republican claims about Paul Pelosi. It likewise applies to Newt Gingrich’s assertion that John Fetterman has “ties to the crips gang,” and to Donald Trump’s lies a couple of voting machine maker.

Multimillion-dollar injury awards would possibly deter Republicans from fouling the political panorama with lies designed to hide their lack of solutions to America’s issues.

Mitchell Zimmerman
Palo Alto, Calif.
The author is an lawyer.


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