Are beauty Contests harmful?
August 3, 2007 8:48am CST
Beauty contests promote an ideal of female beauty to which only a minority of women can realistically aspire, but which adds to the pressure on all women to conform to it. This can be harmful to women by encouraging dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery, or simply by making them feel inadequate and ugly.
3 Aug 07
There is nothing wrong with judging people primarily on their physical prowess- we do this all the time in competitive sport, where fitness and strength are major determinants of success. Eery competition, of every kind, alues certain qualities over others- we recognise that being able to lift hay weights isn't the prime definition of human worth, but we can still give prizes for weight lifting; similarly, we can give a prize to a bewutiful woman for her beauty without imlying that beauty is all that matters about anyone..