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As US culture warriors ban Miss America swimsuit contest, expect burqas on the beach next

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09.06.2018

Admittedly, there are many more pressing issues to consider than the decision by the Miss America pageant to terminate the swimsuit competition part of its show, a move that makes about as much sense as NASCAR finding a way to eliminate crash scenes from the racetrack. In other words, it’s what kept audiences watching and advertisers paying. However, it wasn’t so much the loss of the bikini as it was the explanation given for this latest descent into #MeToo mayhem that gave me pause.

“We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance, it’s going to be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in when they talk about their social impact initiatives,” Gretchen Carlson, the organization’s chairwoman, told Good Morning America this week. “We are moving it forward and evolving it in this Cultural Revolution.”

Ah, yes. The revolution. Someone pass the popcorn.

READ MORE: Twitter in shambles as Miss America ditches bikini

I should start by saying that I have no dog in this fight; at least not a big dog. Whether Miss America contestants decide to strut onstage in transparent bikinis or full body armor makes very little difference to me. I really won’t shed a tear if the Miss America pageant folded up its tent tomorrow. And all the more so since the last time I tuned in to the ‘bathing beauty revue’ – as the original contest was advertised in 1921 – was late in the last century.

Nevertheless, questions remain: will shunning the feminine physique with its #byebyebikini campaign really serve to empower women, or work to reverse what has been described as the sexual objectification of the female species? If a woman can inspire awe by virtue of her physical attractiveness and finesse, is that necessarily a negative thing? After all, it can be argued that male body builders, for example, are no less ‘objectified’ than females who appear in the Miss America contests. By the way, with obesity rates off the charts on America, it would seem........

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