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Reader comment on item: Affirmative Action in Beauty Contests?

Submitted by newton (United States), May 18, 2010 at 11:34

Some of these winners are from pretty small local competitions. It seems to me that for this theory to work, we need to know how many Muslims won the competitions they were in during the last 5 years and if that is an increase. And it seems that if we are citing winners like Miss Nottingham and Miss A & T, we are looking, pretty much, at all pageants of any size all over the world. We could argue that there is affirmative action for blondes or women over average height or large-breasted women more cogently, couldn't we? So, do you have any statistics to support the claim?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have not made and do not intend to make an exhaustive study of beauty pageants. I forwarded a tentative idea (note my wording: "this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action") and left it there.

You are welcome to work out the percentages. I have better things to do with my time.

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