A little feminist dilemma…

So — We all probably remember Miss Teen South Carolina’s brilliant analysis.. which pretty much answered a geography ignorance question with something like “some people don’t have maps”..

This time, Miss Utah won, in spite of — or perhaps because of — her really silly answer concerning pay inequity between the genders.

As a feminist, I’m in a quandary here — I’m opposed to the messages beauty pageants send.  I like that there are scholarships attached to them, but now I have to wonder if Miss Utah will be able to use them?

I also know that the people running the pageants pretty much ARE the patriarchy, so she was in a tough spot if she wanted to win.  I guess if I were advising her on this part of the contest, I’d tell her to give an honest answer, even if it’s not going to play well with the judges.  There’s no use in winning if you have to sell your soul — and your sisters — down the river.

In the end, we have a Miss USA who answers a question about income inequality with :

I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are … continuing to try to strive to … … … figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem. Thank you.

And.. if you put a lot of stock in the system that tells little girls to dress up so men will find them attractive, you get the beauty queen you deserve…


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June 17, 2013 · 2:22 pm

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