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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

A former beauty contestant confirms Miss America pageants were empowering

Former Miss America contestant Crystal Lee addressed the SJW-capitulation of the contest in the Los Angeles Times (via Breitbart), and made clear it's not what grotesque feminists want everyone to think:
Walking out in a bikini before a crowd cheering my name gave me a rush and sense of courage I never thought possible. I know will never again be able to get that feeling.

Miss America had been under pressure for years to end the swimsuit tradition, which is as old as the pageant itself. Beauty pageants are considered sexist today, so Miss America chose to innovate rather than die. I understand why. Like consumer products, cultural rituals are always evolving. To survive, pageants need to behave like businesses and react to a new market of women with different needs.

Still, dropping the swimwear category is a loss to the contest. It delivered a powerful message: that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive and that you can be a feminist and flaunt your body. Letting contestants don the bikini was inherently feminist because women made that choice for themselves. Future participants will be forced into a new form of sexism, one that emerges out of today’s popular feminist narrative. It may be driven by contemporary ideas, but it disguises the same, familiar barriers and judgments surrounding women’s decisions.

Critics love to lambast pageants for being objectifying and degrading. But ask contestants like me. We’ll tell you we were baring our midriffs because we wanted to.
And honestly, I don't buy a word of the apologists who're claiming they're getting calls from prospective contestants who allegedly don't want to appear in bikinis and such. It's all just lies to further their SJW agendas. If they're going to dumb down the pageant now, then it's best to change the channel to one where there's a smaller, better pageant taking place, or one whose managers aren't sellouts to sex-negative ideologies.

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