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Wanted: A Pretty Einstein?

Beauty pageants per se are not objectionable, insidious propaganda is

Wanted: A Pretty Einstein?
Wanted: A Pretty Einstein?
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THE arguments both for and against it are known. Beauty pageants demean women; they empower women (think of small-town girls, of career opportunities). Beauty emphasises only one aspect, the physical, to the exclusion of others; physical beauty is something to be proud of. Only tall girls with Caucasian looks can win global beauty contests; exotic Indian beauties are dazzling the world. India (or rather The Times of) produces world-class lookers; Indian only wins since it's the emerging market for foreign cosmetics.

So it runs. Ten years ago, if someone told me I could watch the Miss World contest live on my TV set, I might have considered getting some friends together, ordering in some beer and taking bets on likely winners. Politically incorrect? Absolutely. Yet, I can think of equally ambiguous pastimes that seem to rouse little of the same ire. Heavyweight boxing. Formula One racing. Critics may carp but let me posit one argument: that the world isn't perfect. We aren't perfect creatures. In our imperfect beings, we harbour strange desires to see men punch each other in the face, crash expensive cars into barriers and to see women (and men) pit their physical assets against each other.

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