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    You're the one for me, fatty

    I have mixed feelings about this story.

    My initial reaction was to think badly of the organisation for saying what it did, although beauty contests were already very low in my estimation, and I also thought, "well done" to the the contestant, for taking such a principled stand, and losing out personally because of it.

    However, I have to ask myself, why has she been contesting beauty pageants for over a decade, if she knows that "it's important to empower women and know it's OK to be healthy, educated and a good role model"?

    Better late than never, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    I have mixed feelings about this story.

    My initial reaction was to think badly of the organisation for saying what it did, although beauty contests were already very low in my estimation, and I also thought, "well done" to the the contestant, for taking such a principled stand, and losing out personally because of it.

    However, I have to ask myself, why has she been contesting beauty pageants for over a decade, if she knows that "it's important to empower women and know it's OK to be healthy, educated and a good role model"?

    Better late than never, I suppose.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-41094706
    Oh, she's empowering women? How very condescending!!

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    I don't go for the stick insect type so goan yersel, ma wee pudden.

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    I get what you guys are saying, but surely not all women have to be fat munters to be empowering and inspirational for other women. Just because she prides herself on looking nice, should it be seen as weakness?

    I was speaking about this very subject with my Mrs and her mates, and perhaps they are all brainwashed, but they feel empowered when hey look good and feel sexy.

    I would say I do to to a certain degree, if suited and booted , or with a kilt and nice new hair do etc etc.

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    Is she really what passes for 'too big' these days? Looks alright to me.

    Don't really have a view on beauty contests, never had any interest myself (also getting to the age I'd feel like a bit of a creepy old man if I did) but each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beensaidbefore View Post
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    I get what you guys are saying, but surely not all women have to be fat munters to be empowering and inspirational for other women. Just because she prides herself on looking nice, should it be seen as weakness?

    I was speaking about this very subject with my Mrs and her mates, and perhaps they are all brainwashed, but they feel empowered when hey look good and feel sexy.

    I would say I do to to a certain degree, if suited and booted , or with a kilt and nice new hair do etc etc.
    Allowing yourself to be judged by the way you look can not ever be empowering for women.
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    Allowing yourself to be judged by the way you look can not ever be empowering for women.

    I think taking ownership of your appearance can be though. Its a bit simplistic to suggest that in this day and age women only want to look good for men. I'm not disputing that 'beautiful' people probably get more positive attention, but I don't think that is restricted purely to the fairer sex.

    Personally, I would think more of someone for making an effort than someone who doesn't seem to care much, think polished shoes versus unpolished, ironed shirt v non ironed. Woukd you trust your bank manager if they looked like he couldn't care less about themselves. Would make me question what else they didn't care about. Ie. My money

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    That is literally a she said that he said story...

    10 years of beauty pageants and that's the worst (second hand) comment she has heard regarding how the organisers think about the contestants weight ? Aye right.

    And I'm clearly missing the point about her thinking about attending the international event as a protest...

    I'm sure there is serous discussion and reporting to be held about societies perception of weight etc but that story sure as hell ain't it.

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    We have a very unhealthy issue with weight in this country.

    If someone wishes to live their life seriously overweight or underweight then that's their choice. Both sides seem to be pushing an agenda that their choice is a healthy one though and neither is.

    At least with the 'size zero' issue there is increasingly room for debate. On the other hand the obesity issue is growing and we are tip-toeing around the problem. It's a killer and a growing one and should be treated as such.
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