When this story first started popping into my mail box my first reaction was,”Beauty Pageant? They still have those? How fucking retro and reactionary is that?”
You see I forget we live in a world that declared feminism dead and started pushing gender over sex.
I try to ignore the “Mad Men” mania. I was a kid in the 1950s. They sucked and women were seriously treated like shit.
Beauty Pageants are sooo 1950s, so retro and so majorly sucky that I thought the only people who took part in them were sick fucks, who pimp-out their toddler in skank drag.
Seriously beauty pageants are these totally piggish events where women are paraded around and graded like pieces of meat.
I thought feminism drove a stake through the heart of this bullshit in the late 1960s.
Oh… I keep forgetting I’m one of those humorless second wave type feminists.
After all the embrace of gender relegitimized sexism…
I’m supposed to view this sort of extremely oppressive bullshit with irony.
View with irony…
May I unpack that one a bit?
STFU that was a rhetorical question.
Telling people they are humorless or just don’t get it is a way of silencing people, usually women and minority groups, who have legitimate critiques of the entire endeavor, in this case beauty pageants, but beauty pageants are only a subset of process of objectification.
The entire beauty and fashion industry is oppressive. From the peddling of anorexia to beauty(sic) treatments and clothes that only the wealthy can afford.
When man is used as a synonym for humanity woman becomes but a subhuman and erased secondary object. Something to be possessed and never the legitimate agent of her own life.
The modern beauty pageant resembles nothing so much as the prostitute displays in the whorehouses of early Twentieth century Storyville, the red light section of New Orleans.
Women parade like prized beef to be chosen by buyers(judges).
Not a particularly pretty sight.
At least drag beauty pageants added the value of camp in their parodying of this heterosexual institution.
That is far more than one can say about beauty pageants in the early Twenty-first century. Now they are anachronistic dinosaurs run by aging misogynists like Donald Trump.
Now Planet Transgender was all a buzz about Jenna Talackova, a post-transsexual woman competing in that pig’s (Trump) meat display. Now they are all in a tizzy that the pig acted like the pig that anyone with firing neurons should have realized he is.
Give me a break. Did anyone with functioning brain cells actually expect Trump to let her compete?
Do people really think transsexuals competing in the slightly upscale flesh market of beauty pageants is some sign of progress?
Winning a Nobel prize in anything, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Pulitzer, something like that is a million times more important than having a bunch of retro pigs fetishize you for your “beauty”.