So Miss America pageant is going to remove the swimsuit and evening gown parts of their pageant because they have decided it's demeaning to women. I guess it will just be women in overcoats telling us they want world peace ...
Bravo, we all applaud, right? Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to do so ...
What is it really saying? This was an organization, like many others in the media, that didn't adequately protect the women working within it so some were subject to unwanted and unpleasant interactions by sleazy men.
So the solution is to make the women cover themselves up?
What message does that send? Doesn't it really say "you are really the dirty temptresses that caused the problem". It's a form of creeping Islamification of the west where we start to adopt the notion that women should not be exposed so they do not tempt us 'cause it's really all their fault when people misbehave - they simply tempt men too much.
Shouldn't we really be promoting the idea that women are beautiful and what's important is to treat them with respect and that it was the men who did wrong and were the only ones that had to change.
Now you may think that beauty pageants are outdated. But no one if forcing you to watch or to take part. But why can't people who want to continue to do so? I'm not aware of any of the women being kidnapped and forced to take part, it was all voluntary and they could benefit from their beauty.
And why is judging people on their physical attributes 'wrong'? If you are tall, you can play basketball. If you run fast you may become a sprinter. If you are clever you run a business or go into academia. There are all manner of activities that are judged based on the physical attributes we are really born with and make the most of or not. Why are those OK? Why is beauty any different?
Beauty pageants: Gone. F1 Grid Girls: Gone. What next? Surely attractive people shouldn't be allowed on TV or in advertisements too? And that dancing some people can do - maybe that shouldn't be allowed either.
Why not just make women wear burkas and then the problem will be solved eh?