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.
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.
Started 4/14/08 LINK TO PROGRESS PICS 1/1/2009
"It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well, and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely, well, and justly without living pleasurably" Epicurus
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!
One "" for each 5lbs lost!
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."