|Miss California won the swimsuit competition and the crown|
Monday, June 20, 2011
I enjoy the site of a beautiful woman as much as the next guy--ok, maybe a little more than the next guy--but news this morning of the crowning of a new "Miss USA" awakens in me a long-festering bit of wonder. Why, in this day of female empowerment, do we still have "beauty pageants"? Are they not simply the human equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show? Some may think that they exist as a vestigial hangover from times of more open male oppression--but c'mon folks--men don't even watch these shows (outside of a sideways glance at the swimsuit "competition").
I guess the answer to my question is easy--freedom. We have the freedom in this country to do largely as we please, and if enough people want to do what you want to do, well then you can get it on television. I suppose the real question I should have asked is why does anyone care about beauty contests?