If you read my blog, you already know that I wish I was skinnier/prettier, and it’s also no secret that I’m doing what it takes to make that happen. I wish that I looked good in a swim suit or a form-fitting evening gown…I wish that I was half as pretty as some of the ladies who participated in the Miss America pageant over the weekend. That’s the truth, and I admit it. </disclaimer>
After football just became too painful to watch, I found myself watching a portion of Miss America, and it left me feeling disgusted, smug and aggravated (just as it does anytime I witness a beauty pageant.) Some of the ladies, most of whom were outwardly beautiful, sang songs about going to Disneyland during the talent portion while others gave bubblegum-type answers that I’d expect from tweens about the problems facing our nation. But it doesn’t matter how ridiculous or out of touch these ladies are because they’re pretty, right?
My niece is outwardly beautiful, and if I had a daughter, I’d want the same for her. I wouldn’t want her to struggle with obesity or her body image the way I struggle with mine, but I also wouldn’t want her to think that her looks alone define her. And I wouldn’t want her to believe that looking hot in a bikini makes her “healthy” as they have portrayed in the the Miss America pageant. That part really, really disgusted me. Note to society: Being skinny does not make you physically fit!
I concede that maybe my perspective on beauty pageants could change as my body continues to change, but I don’t think it will. I believe that women can and should be taken as seriously as men at work, at home, etc. And I don’t think that’s likely to happen while they’re parading around on a stage wearing crowns or swim suits and stilettos.
I know that it’s my choice to watch or turn it off, and that’s what I did because witnessing weird and outdated contests that suggest that a woman’s most important job is to be skinny and pretty, makes me want to puke. And changing “beauty pageant” to “scholarship pageant” doesn’t make it any less vile.
How do you feel about beauty pageants? Do you watch beauty pageants? Do you think they’re awesome? Outdated?