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Old 03-21-2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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How do you feel about beauty pageants? A powerful tool to boost female confidence, or a slap in the face to the gender?

Before answering, I want to provide a small amount of info on how the pageants (or at least the Miss America pageants) are judged.

* Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - 15%
* Evening Wear - 20%
* Talent - 35%
* Private Interview - 25%
* On-Stage Question 5%

So that's:
35% - physical appearance
35% - Talent
30% - Personality and intelligence
(Private interviews are generally not shown to the public, but the on stage questions are.)

So what are your opinions?
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:08 AM   #2
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To me...they're just kind of....THERE. I don't find them empowering OR degrading....at least no more so than the women flaunting their bodies in Playboy or Maxim or whatever. They don't bother me at all.
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I don't find them degrading. I also think it's kind of nice that for some beauty pageants the prize is a scholarship -- pretty girls need college too
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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eh, I don't really think about them much. I don't find them degrading. I see it as a hobby girls get into..like gymnastics, or cheerleading, etc.
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I've never found them interesting enough to watch, so it's hard to have an informed opinion. Certainly my first inclination would have to be, there have to be heck of a lot better ways of boosting young women.
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I used to do beauty pageants. I think they have helped me in many different aspects in my life. I actually had a college admissions interview today, and used all the skills I gained from pageant interviews, and it went awesome!
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:15 PM   #7
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I grew up watching Miss America. I used to want to be one of those girls. Then I woke up and realized that we're all judged on that sort of thing every day. We're just not awarded a crown and money.
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