Esquire magazine — which for years entertained readers with year-end wrap-ups of “Dubious Achievements,” or pop-culture missteps — has just named Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi one of the magazine’s “Sexiest Women Alive.”
My first reaction was that this was in itself a dubious achievement, pure and simple. But then, I read the magazine’s short write-up about Suu Kyi:
This is what a rebel does: meets violent suppression from freedom with words (“It is not power that corrupts but fear”), risks her life for democracy, gets elected prime minister only to have Myanmar’s military force her out, wins a Nobel Peace Prize for it, gets imprisoned for twenty years for it, and begins her release fighting for one thing and one thing only: the right to vote. Amen. [Via]
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