Sunday, March 09, 2008

Cast a vote. Leg men, be aware.

Like many of her fellow contestants she says her dream job is any job.

The web voting for Miss Landmine Angola is open until April 3, 2008.

I couldn't help feeling slightly uncomfortable with this at first. Raising awareness and questioning old concepts is great - but organising a beauty contest; is that a new concept? Even if the pageants are far from mainstream beauty queens. Of course I think ladies can be beautiful even without a leg or two. But it does not lead to the conclusion that ladies – in general, anywhere – should be beautiful.

On the website they say this campaign is to

* Question established concepts of physical perfection.
* Challenge old and ingrown concepts of cultural cooperation.
* Celebrate true beauty.
* Replace the passive term 'Victim' with the active term 'Survivor'.

Among other things. There you can also find quite a lot of information on landmines and campaigns against them.

Ok, fine. Go, girls, go!

(I got the hint from Ajatusten Rekolanoja. Thanks!)

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