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Miss America Is Old

Original post made by Paul Losch on Jan 30, 2010

I remeber getting an "A" on a paper I wrote for my high school English class around 30 years ago about how the Miss America Pageant was rife with flaws, from the treatment of women, the way these young ladies had to show their "bods" off in bathing suits and gowns, yada yada yada. Oh, and those interviews. And the ridiculous stage performances by the entire cast of candidates.

I have not seen a Miss America Pageant since that time. It may be that things have changed, but when I had a Yahoo topic flagged on my home page today, it appears to have changed very little.

At this point, the age of the women is the same as my daughter's, which is a bit startling for me. I took a couple minutes, healthy American male that I am, and surfed the pictures of all the young ladies who are representing their States, and they are all very pretty, as one would expect for people at that age and in such a contest.

But why does this silly thing continue? The whole concept seems to be such a throw back to another time that is best let to pass.

I suppose in my case, it is like most things around celebrity. I don't get it, I don't pay attention to it, and I think it is a colossal waste of time.

Comments

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Kinda like me not watching the Superbowl or the World Series any more, hey? Given a choice between the State of the Onion or Miss America, I chose the more realistic.


Posted by old men, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm

These "pagents" continue because they are all owned by rich horny old white men like Donald Trump. Mid-life crisis taken to an extreme.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

No pageant for some old men I suppose.

Miss America Pageant is a great American tradition which has caught on across the world, would you rather see them in burqas ? Web Link

I see that the current Miss England,Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge ( Combat Barbie )served in the Army in Iraq.
The 22-year-old soldier has already served in Iraq but said she was hoping to join the effort in Afghanistan after stepping down as Miss England in July next year. Web Link

OohRah!


Posted by ummm..., a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 31, 2010 at 6:43 am

If it weren't for the "swimsuit" part, I would enjoy the Miss America pageant.

And, gotta admit..as I age, I have to ask..why don't we have a "Mr. Single America" pageant?


Posted by old men, a resident of Stanford
on Jan 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

Are you sure there is no "Mr. America" pagent? Didn't Arnold used to "compete" in those things? It's just not popular enough to attract TV advertisers.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm


And the Winner is------

Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, a Virginia Commonwealth University communications major, won one of the oldest and most celebrated titles in American popular culture.

"Take away the TV, take away the video games, set some standards for our children!" she answered unhesitatingly in the interview portion of the contest, in which she was asked what to do about the epidemic of childhood obesity.

As winner of the pageant, which is in its 88th year, she is to receive a $50,000 scholarship. Web Link


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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Sorry no one saw the corollary between Miss America and The Super Bowl where some of the of the finest of our young men compete for rewards, by demonstrating manly skills.