Are Beauty Contests Harmful?

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Are Beauty Contests Harmful?

Postby kitty_cute » Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:51 am

I found this topic on a debate website.. thought it was interesting..

Beauty contests are popular in many parts of the world. The biggest, the Miss World competition, has been running annually since 1951, and although it is less popular in the UK now than it was in 1968, when it attracted 27.5 million TV viewers, it attracts an enormous worldwide audience - around 3 billion viewers in 115 countries. There are beauty contests for various categories of age, sex and sexuality; this topic focuses on adult women’s beauty contests as overwhelmingly the most popular and high-profile version. Note that there are difficult technical issues about running this debate: it probably works best as a values debate on whether beauty contests are a good thing or not, but this kind of comparison motion is frowned upon in some policy-based debating circles. Proposing a ban on beauty contests might be met with various entirely valid opposition lines on enforceability and warped priorities (what about porn?), which would tend to undermine the point of the debate.


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Postby parnassus » Tue Jul 18, 2006 5:10 pm

I believe that beauty contests are inexcusable.

The standard of beauty varies from culture to culture and age to age. In the time of Marilyn Monroe, for example, the ideal woman was plump - Monroe herself took a size sixteen. That is uncomfortably plump and could be damaging to a woman's health. In 2006, the average model - the beauties of society - has a weight that falls in the anorexic range. That is uncomfortably thin and could also be damaging to a woman's health.

Why should women submit to fattening themselves up or starving themselves into skeletons for the sake of parading down a catwalk and being judged for how well they conform to contemporary ideas of beauty? Secondly, there is no real achievement in spending hours applying make-up and curling your hair. When you're old, all that 'beauty' will vanish...and what will you have achieved in real terms? There is no joy and no purpose in spending years trying to turn your body into a piece of artwork, just to suit the tastes of the time.
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Postby Goldenhamster » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:41 pm

Well said. I defect far from the 'perfect' image of what society says I should look like but hey, why would I want to let some computer inhanced decoration in a magazine tell me how I should look. (It must be very boring looking that perfect the whole time you could never do anything for fear it might mess up your hair!)
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Postby Alice » Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:09 pm

I think pepole read too much into these things. Just think about it. I'm not pretty, but I am quite clever (or so I'm told). Do I have more of a right to show the world my gift then someone who, in my opinion, got a worse deal to start with? Some of these pepole have other talents, but some don't. I don't think we have a right to say that they can't compete and feel good about themselves.
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Postby Alex » Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:09 pm

If the women enjoy them and feel good about themselves doing it, what is people's problem with it?
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Postby intowiz » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:21 pm

back in marylin monroes day they didnt plump themselves up they were normal frowning weight. although im not good at measurements or much maths so it could be alarmingly fat and i can just keep digging a hole. maryline monrie was hot though i dont see her a too fat. i see peaple like the models today as dangerous weight. they could snap like a twig.
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Postby kitty_cute » Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:14 pm


back in marylin monroes day they didnt plump themselves up they were normal frowning weight. although im not good at measurements or much maths so it could be alarmingly fat and i can just keep digging a hole. maryline monrie was hot though i dont see her a too fat. i see peaple like the models today as dangerous weight. they could snap like a twig.


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Vicky, Monroe took a size 14 actually ^_^ I myself, think this is totally healthy.

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Postby Katielauren2001 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:42 pm

I think it is particularly dangerous for young girls who take part in/or forced to beauty contests.The young girl (I cannot quite remember her name) was forced by her parents to do something that maybe she didn't want to do.Wearing make up at the vunerable age of 5 and eventually being murdered by a pscho.

When you are older and able to make the decision yourself,you may be in less danger and able to protect yourselfs more.
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Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:52 pm

Why devote all that energy to being physically attractive, when you can devote it to something useful.

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Postby mattie » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:33 pm

beauty contests are not harmful but at the same time what positives do they do. they are completely pointless and are just for vain people who are obsaessed with appearance. why devote your life to looking good
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Postby pinkparrot » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:23 am

Meh. If it's what they want to do...
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Postby parnassus » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:06 am

I don't think all the participants are vain, mattie. Some are painfully insecure at heart. Some beauty contestants begin competing as babies, because their parents think it is a good idea, and they end up feeling constantly nervous that somebody will one day beat them.

I was recently reading an article about the high rate of depression and related disorders that is found even in top models, who have made the career choice for themselves. :(
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Postby Dork_Lord » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:34 pm

It's not so much the beauty contest but more a cultural obsession with the
"perfect" appearance that is causing so much harm to people.
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Postby mattie » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:17 pm

I don't think all the participants are vain, mattie.



I suppose you're right. :)
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Postby Hermionefan5 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:27 am

Thirteen-thirty-seven wrote:Why devote all that energy to being physically attractive, when you can devote it to something useful.

(This from the girl who donates dangerous amounts of time to Nev's Jambuster.)


True that. I would rather have people see what's on the inside than on the outside. :)
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