Running in a Small Townby Charlene on Sunday, April 21, 2013 (6 comments)
This is an uncomfortable post for me to write. But sometimes uncomfortable things should be talked about.
You should find this creepy as any normal, healthy person would. This seems to be largely about protecting and projecting power from people desperate to cling to whatever scant status they might have ever had among peers from high school glory days - plus the women who cling to their status via enabling these clods. Nobodies protecting their little piles of dirt. It is a sad stereotype of small town people having small minds and small lives, yet attitudes in places with little or slow change can also be very slow to change. Look at what happened in Steubenville, OH for an example of archaic local culture and negative consequences. Perhaps the best response is to act bored with this type of interest, kind of a "yeah, whatever, get a life" (in an upbeat, non-crabby kinda way) attitude. Maybe that is not you and perhaps that would not fly in your world, though.
Thank you for all the kind comments.
Those are very disturbing comments. The one that especially bothers me is the one made by the father asking if you run at the track to show off your body to the boys. That is really twisted. I agree with you though, I think more men are respectable than ones that are not. Unfortunately the creepers are out there though. I also agree with the comment from ksrunner, most Americans don't recognize a healthy weight anymore which is a sign of our times. That woman is strange for sure, but like you said most likely harmless.
Some of those stories sound familiar, going back to my small town days. I think my mother still gets comments about my weight and people thinking I have some kind of disorder. As already mentioned, I think this has a lot to do with a warped sense of what is healthy.