Topsey, I feel extremely bad for woman that ride that would feel that way. Just like when I watch a woman rider's video, I get distressed to see that people comment on how she looks or what she is wearing vs. her progression and/or talent. I have never been one that wont admit that I am positive that bc I am attractive to others it gives me an advantage at times, but I also know that my genuine interest in other people, the kindness that I try to show others, my yearn to help others and my passion for riding also get's me places and gives me some truly great friends. Yes some of the time looks get you somewhere, but really it only get's you so far. I am not concerned if anyone thinks I am good looking or not, fat or skinny, I don't even take the time to notice, what I care about is helping others, and enjoying flatland. And Yes I know that progression is affected by how much, or perhaps both how much you ride and how hard you ride (which was not the question it was about balance, just sayin). And it shows you are ignorant to life if you honestly believe ignorance is bliss. Knowledge is bliss. But everyone is allowed to have his or her own opinion.