In The News : E-Mails, Beauty Competitions And Discrimination

In a week where such positive luminaries as Donald Trump and Nigel Farage declared themselves not to understand the meaning of feminism, there were some other stories about discrimination and exclusion.

Scandal hit a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia when it was found that some of the contestants had Botox.  Twelve contestants were disqualified from the event and therefore the chance to win 20m Saudi riyals (£3.7m) in prize money.  Botulinum toxin injections were used to improve the pouts of those competing, to make them “more alluring”.

So what, you might ask? Well, the contestants were camels.

According to The Guardian:

The key attributes in camel beauty are considered to be delicate ears and big nose. But there are strict rules against the use of drugs in the lips, or shaved or clipped body parts.

Botox is used to make the heads bigger, which apparently is something else that is looked for.  I keep going back to that “more alluring” wording though.  It’s a camel.

People with Hotmail e-mail addresses are being discriminated against by the Admiral insurance company.  Defaqto carried out some investigations that sounds like they got the work experience kid to use a comparison site for the morning, and found that Admiral policy prices did indeed vary based on e-mail address, by as much as 5%.

Admiral has done some research themselves that found that Hotmail e-mail addresses are indicator of early cancellation of the policy.

While one can get (if not always approve of) discrimination based on post code, age etc when it comes to insurance, it sounds like Admiral have had a new Big Data Analytics toy to play with and needed some way to justify its cost.

For what it’s worth, I also kind of get where Trump and Garage are coming from.  I also think a lot of feminists will agree.  The camel thing still confuses me though.

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