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Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Miss Tiffany Universe pageant

A friend linked me to this: Transvestites Glitter at Thailand Pageant:

At the Miss Tiffany Universe pageant which boasts dozens of gorgeous, lithe, smooth-skinned contestants one thing is undeniable: Thailand turns out some of the most beautiful transvestites and transsexuals in the world.

These ladies are stunning. Now, just so you know, the article itself will probably have you rolling your eyes. The author's obsessed with "what lies beneath" - you know how the American people are. Rather than letting the beauty be, we can't help but obsess about the bodies and sex.

For example, read this statement:

Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, is widely tolerant of homosexuals, transvestites and transsexuals one reason, perhaps, that men who opt for the transformation here are so stunning and convincing.

I'm interested in her definition of convincing. So this author supports operation as long as the women really look like women? Hmm... That's an interesting way to put it.

However, the ladies are amazing, and it's a neat little article. You can worry that these people are being commodified and taken advantage of, but if you read the article, it really seems like these women are powerful for what they do. They are in positions of power and they flaunt this power. I'm really interested in this.

Transgenderism is common and widely accepted in mostly Buddhist Thailand, particularly in Bangkok and towns like Pattaya.

I honestly didn't know Thailand was so accepting.

Tell me what you think. (Here's the pageant's website, by the way).


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