Skip to comments.Feminists Protested Miss America as a ‘Cattle Auction’ 50 Years Ago
Posted on 09/12/2018 9:35:04 AM PDT by otness_e
This week, the Miss America Organization announced that its eliminating the swimsuit competition in an effort to focus less on womens appearances. Its not clear what, exactly, the beauty pageant will be about now that its trying to deemphasize the beauty part. In any case, the decision coincides with the 50th anniversary of a feminist protest that criticized the contest as a sexist cattle auction.
The Miss America pageant has courted controversy ever since it began as a 1921 newspaper bathing beauties contest and marketing scheme for Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the beginning, the controversy stemmed from conservative critics who thought that women should cover their bodies when they appeared in public.
Early on, people are critical of this contest because it was not really seen as an acceptable thing to have women stand around in swimsuits and be judged, says Blain Roberts, a history professor at Fresno State University and author of Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South.
To counter the perception that the contest was just about bathing beauties, it added a talent competition in the 1930s and started awarding scholarships to finalists after World War II. Despite this, the point of the pageant was still to crown one woman as the most beautiful. Critics continued to take issue with the pageant into the 1960s. But by that point, the criticism wasnt coming from conservatives worried about womens propriety anymoreit was coming from liberal, second-wave feminists who considered the contest demeaning.
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Imagine a “cattle auction” where no cattle were bought or sold, but rather they were just rated for their appearance, and participation was strictly voluntary, and the highest rated were honored and received a prize.
Some enterprising entrepreneur should start a swimsuit only miss America competition...or is there already such? I think the timing would be perfect.
Yes, it’s more like the County Fair. My vote is for Empress of Blandings.
Chick-Fil-A ought to do a beauty pageant spoof. :)
Imagine a cattle auction where no cattle were bought or sold, but rather they were just rated for their appearance, and participation was strictly voluntary, and the highest rated were honored and received a prize.
I think that is called 4H at the county fair.
“I think that is called 4H at the county fair.”
I imagine, for the cows, that’s a pretty good gig.
But “feminists” dressing up as giant female genitalia or wearing female genitalia hats are not demeaning to women at all. Nope, not one bit.
(Do I really need the sarcasm tag here?)
The Miss America pageant has pretty much the same problem as Playboy. Their audience has gone away. So, like Playboy, they are going to drive away what little audience they had left.
“Playboy Magazine announced that they would no longer have pictures of nekid women.”
If that’s the case I’d just as soon read Easyrider magazine......and it’s got cool bikes also!
Got both of mine in your photo. Welcome to the ugly Pacific Northwest.
Sounds like a really good idea.
Dont leave out the part where Playboy put a nude post-op trans in the magazine soon after returning to nudes.
I had not heard about that one. The last time I purchased a Playboy Magazine was about 40 years ago, back when I was in their then target demographic: young, single men. I guess their current target demographic is social justice warrior transvestites.
Ironically, despite the fact that they disposed Playboy magazines into the so-called “Freedom Trash Cans”, the feminists were the reason why Playboy Magazine lasted as long as it did, and were actually among the magazine’s biggest supporters (heck, the National Organization of Women, I kid you not, actually considered its founder, Hugh Hefner, a “defender of women”, and that was DESPITE the content of the magazines).
And personally, I consider playboy to be worse than Miss America. At least Miss America actually HONORED the beauty of women, while Playboy just treated them as interchangeable parts, much less than human.
Rush Limbaugh’s Undeniable Truth of Life Number 24: Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of American life.
No kidding. The only time feminism was ever actually good and did good for women was with the Suffragette movement, heck, at least the Suffragettes, certainly Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were pro-life and would if anything have been utterly disgusted with the pro-abortion crowd had they been alive today. Certainly, second-wave feminism was established to as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of American life (heck, ANY life for that matter). Just ask Simone de Beauvoir or Betty Friedan.
The only reason we know who Gretchen Carlson today is that she initially received her chance and recognition from being a once crowned Miss America. Now that she has hers. She takes the opportunity away from others. Jealous much Gretchen?
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