Are Beauty Pageants Exploitive or Beneficial?
To tell the truth, the questions like this are somewhat baffling. The term “exploitive” here presupposes that women who participate in them are exploited because they are graded by the looks of their bodies without taking into account what good persons they are. The winners are exploited because they are given the sense of false superiority. The losers are exploited because they feel inferior.
Are singing contests exploitive for the same reasons? We take into account only the person’s ability to sing without noticing how nice he or she may be in all the other respects. And all who lose also feel inferior to the winner without being guilty of that. The same goes for IQ testing, athletic competitions and any competitions in general. There is no competition that takes the entire person into consideration and there are no competitions where there are no winners and no losers – they are supposed to include competition, no matter how trite it may sound. What is the fundamental difference between all of them and beauty pageants?
They are told to…