In an effort to open people’s eyes to the needs of the hearing impaired, Mumbai hosted a beauty pageant for deaf and mute women. See the article for more info.
What’s the connection? Why do people need a beauty pageant to give hearing impaired women a “voice?” Why not have a sporting event or art exhibition? What’s with a beauty contest?
The article does’t answer my questions but I have my theories. Of course physical beauty is something one SEES versus hears. But more than that, I think the pageant purposefully celebrates one very physical feature — beauty — in order to bring to light the lack of another very physical feature — hearing.
Sure, we could embrace these women’s intellectual abilities. That would seem more progressive, right? But I kind of like the idea of making this a physical issue. We all have gifts, and many of them are physical (beauty, a sense of rhythm, the ability to pick up a tune etc). We should remember that and celebrate them!