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Archive: Pageants' relevance

Not so pretty

If there is one thing that these competitive beauties will have absolutely no impact on, it's world peace!

By Garrison Wynn | February 10, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

More than tradition

Even as the pageant is becoming outmoded in an era when measured are measured by achievements rather than by looks, the pageant satisfies a need we have in this country for positive role models and for entertainment.

By Jan Scruggs | February 8, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not our ideal

Beauty contests are a throwback to an era when girls and women were supposed to look a certain way, walk with hips swaying just so, talk in a vaguely vacuous style that would never threaten a man's intellectual sense of himself.

By Patricia McGuire | February 8, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

The beauty of goals

Do athletics measure success? Do pageants measure success? No, but they do provide an avenue for us to focus our attention and build our self-esteem.

By Misti Burmeister | February 8, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

True Talent

The Miss America pageant title is a legitimate win with no less pageantry than that of American Idol, the election of a political candidate, or the selection of an Oscar-winning movie. And if the pageant is outdated, someone better tell the media and newspapers.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | February 8, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sing It!

If the new Miss America is ready for the challenge, she has not only the insight to make a difference in her role, but also to bring new life to an age-old institution.

By Eric Schaeffer | February 8, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

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