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Today, I join bloggers and other web pundits in mourning the death of Benazir Bhutto.

As I wade through the whelming glut of newsfeeds about her life and her times, the irony scarcely evades me. A politically volatile Muslim nation in South Asia had an elected female prime minister - when today USA still has yet to put a female into the Oval Office.

Ms. Bhutto was well-educated and well-accomplished. She was cum laude in Harvard and later the first Asian woman to head the debating union at Oxford. And she has the (debatably dubious) honour of making it onto People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' List in 1988, the same year she became the first and youngest female ever to be elected head of a Muslim-majority state.

I have to admit, Ms. Bhutto was quite the looker.




Here's a picture of her in 1976, as the head of Oxford Union, the university's debating society.


Her intellectual prowess and academic talent notwithstanding, I wonder if her photogenic features helped her advance in a patriarchal (at best, and misogynist as worst) world.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008 4:00:00 am

man
this is sad    



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