The Sexist

Beauty Pageants Are for Feminists

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Jessica Valenti is right about the Miss Universe Pageant: As offensive as the public ranking of female swimsuit parts may be to the feminist eye, there's something very comforting about pageantry. Every year, the Universe comes together to televise an event that proves that sexism exists. In other words, they make for a really easy blog item.

And what's even better for a feminist critic than a beauty pageant? A beauty pageant with judges who try to bolster the Q-and-A with some feminist-lite questions, only to crown the winner who answers with the most sexism-denying rhetoric.

"I believe that nowadays we women have overcome many obstacles, and I do believe that we have reached the same level that men have," said Miss Venezuela, now Miss Universe, when asked what women can do to overcome sexism in the workplace. "We must realize there are no longer any barriers amongst us." And the crowd—along with us bored feminist bloggers—goes wild.

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