Skip to comments.Miss Utah: Is a Ms. Magazine Subscription the Latest Must-Have For a Pageant Contestant?
Posted on 06/21/2013 6:31:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
One might have thought beauty pageants, throwbacks to a pre-1960s world, would be political correctness-free zones. This is not the case as Marissa Powellaka Miss Utahlearned the hard way Sunday night when she flubbed a politically-charged question at the Miss USA pageant.
The 21-year-old became an instant media sensation, ridiculed as a brainless beauty. The question was posed by Miss USA pageant judge and Real Housewives star NeNe Leakses. It could have been planted by the Obama administration. Note to mothers who aspire to turn their daughters into beauty pageant contestants: subscribe to Ms. magazine. It's boring and behind the times, but it'll come in handy when question time rolls around.
The New York Daily News labeled Powells deer-in-the-headlights performance cringe inducing. But you know what was really cringe-inducing? NeNe Leaksess question.
Relying on a Pew study that she obviously hadnt fully digested, Leakes asked a loaded question. A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society? Ms. Leakses wanted to know.
What does this question say about Ms. Leakses? Unlike Miss Utah, she had plenty of time to prepare for this moment in the spotlight, and yet she asked a question based on false information and ideology. The politically correct answer to the question is that women are victims of discrimination and we po things need more laws and bigger government to close the gender wage gap.
According to the wage gap theory, women earn only 77 cents on the dollar on what a man makes for the same work. This claim has been debunked time and time again, yet it lives on as a feminist urban legend. While some cling to guns and God, grievance feminist clingfor dear lifeto the wage gap. And theres a good reason for this: it is the most powerful tool in their arsenal when it comes to their political agenda.
Lets start with the basics. The 77 percent figure does exist and come from the Department of Labor, but it isnt measuring what feminists say it is. That statistic simply compares average salaries of men and womendoctors and dog catchersworking in the U.S.. It doesnt take into consideration the choices people have made such as college major (youre going to earn more from an engineering degree than one in social work), hours worked (even women classified as full-time on average spend less time in the office than men do), and whether the worker has taken time out of the workforce. When these factors are accounted for, a study for the Labor Department found, the wage gap shrinks to 94 cents on the dollar.
Now, I want my six cents as much as the next gal, but grievance feminists never cite this number and complain about making 94 cents on the dollar. Its not impressive enough. (If you want some straight talk on the wage gap, the Independent Womens Forumdisclaimer: I work therehas a snappy video aimed at young women. It advises them to think hard about their choices and then to make the ones most appropriate to their goals.)
Its too bad NeNe Leakes didnt dig a little deeper into the headline-grabbing Breadwinner Moms study from Pew Research when formulating her question. Theres interesting information in there that do tell us something about the state of women in America today. First off, one of the key findings was that the number of married women who earn more than their husbands has risen steadily since 1960 when it was four percent. It was fifteen percent in 2011. If that doesnt show the growing economic power of women, nothing does. Sure, there is more to be done, but female workers and their bosses are clearly on the case.
Yet Ms. Leakses forty-percent figure is also the result of another, less optimistic, finding highlighted in the Pew study: the rise of the single-mother-headed household. What does that say about our society?
Never-married mothers, by the way, do have fewer options, earn less money, and live more stressed out lives. Having a child out of wedlock is a recipe for poverty. Children brought up in such households have a greater chance of engaging in criminal activity, abusing drugs and alcohol, and are less likely to graduate from high school. What is the solution to this national problem? That might have been a great question for a pageant contestant. Leakes obviously preferred to skip over this in favor of something a bit trendier.
Sure, Id love to have seen a smart, sassy Miss Utah turn the question on itself and say, Are you kidding? American women have more opportunities than ever before. And then she could have talked about women and choices and the progress and achievements of the last fifty years. Such an answer would not have endeared Miss Utah to wage-gap clingers anymore than what she said. But it would have been true.
But that, of course, is not what happened. Having flubbed once, however, the cultural powers that be generously gave Miss Utah a second chance, as the Today shows Matt Lauer phrased it. Lauer invited Miss Utah on to answer the question again.
This time Miss Utah came with grievance feminist talking points memorized. This is not OK, she said. It needs to be equal pay for equal work. Its hard enough already to earn a living, and it shouldnt be harder just because youre a woman.
Perfect! proclaimed a delighted Lauer. Now thats cringe-inducing.
WHo cares what she answers to any questions?????
What’s with the funky, um, shadows, on her suit?
I’m tired of these asinine “gotcha” questions that are based on false premises.
Ms. Powell is not only very attractive (I would say she has a lifetime “not guilty” pass), but is also probably very bright. It’s not that easy to be Miss Utah and still be a vacuous bimbo.
Putting every public statement through the politcal correctness wringer has wrecked this country, and I’m tired of it. So much for freedom of expression in the communist USSA.
If the answere were no, I’d care!
Something somewhat related, a joke btw:
Critical Thinking At Its Best!
Do you drink beer?
How many beers a day?
Usually about 3
How much do you pay per beer?
Man: $5.00 which includes a tip
(This is where it gets scary !)
And how long have you been drinking?
About 20 years, I suppose
So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5,400 correct?
If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past
20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?
Do you know that if you didnt drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?
Do you drink beer?
Wheres your Ferrari?
I’m stealing that.
Go ahead, I did not initiate it!
How can a woman that young have lines under her eyes like she’s 60 years old ?
What’s with the bikini panty????? Looks weird. Although the rest of her is A OK.
Probably sun over-exposure.
The blue ribbon lit on the floor is not the bottom of her suit. What looks like a ‘shadow’ is actually the bottom of her butt cheek.
I had to look twice to get it, too.
Unfortunate choice of colors.
“How can a woman that young have lines under her eyes like shes 60 years old ?”
Low fat diet.
The Lefty pageant judges do NOT want Miss USA coming out with politically-incorrect statements during her reign. Politically-non-leftwing contestants need not apply.
Ha—thanks for giving it a second eye.
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