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Monday, November 21, 2005

Miss America - Out of Money

It never really occured to me to wonder where Miss America got the money for those scholarships until this story came out. It's just not the sort of thing I've usually been interested in. During my life in Canada, I think I might have watched a small part of one of their shows and that was it. But I guess, based on the story, a significant portion of their funding came from TV viewership. Which is kinda odd, come to think of it.

What, exactly, point does Miss America serve at the start of the 21st century? In an age of loving ourselves for who we are and finding the inner beauty(for lack of evidence of outer beauty) of those around us, it is, after all, a pretty discriminatory organization. Looking back a dozen or so winner, I can find no evidence of overweight or homely women winning the titles. So, right there, Miss America discards more than half the women, no matter how otherwise worthy.

Maybe, in the early 1920's, I can see Miss America serving a purpose; you could make a case that, back then, it gave certain women a leg up in the world. Can't help everyone, after all. But today? In an age where more girls attend post-secondary institutions than boys, can it be said they need a leg up?

With few exceptions, the profiles I've read are singularly unimpressive. They read as a whose who of your local telephone book, or what the girl next door could accomplish with free money if she were pretty enough and could twirl a batton on the right kind of stage. I have yet to see an accomplishment in the field of obstetrics, dentistry, child psychology, psychology, heart decease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, computer software, computer hardware, propulsion, power generation, power storage, food processing, or any of the thousands upon thousands of fields. Accomplishments in those fields are left to men and to homely women who have to make a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: by actually earning it through skill and determination. (Alert! Exaggeration for conversational effect!)

None of this, of course, means that the show should be cancelled forever and ever. But maybe the fact that the viewership has fallen off dramatically is an indication that the general population is seeing this show for what it is. Maybe it's time to move on.

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At Tue Nov 22, 09:44:00 AM AST, Blogger SOH said...

This show was dated 35 years ago. It's time to scratch together the last few remaining coins and give it a decent burial. There are so many other ways a woman can, as you say "get a leg up" now. If they want to parade around like an idiot, it's probably faster and easier to hang out with people like Paris Hilton.


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