When it comes to the idea of beauty pageants (for adults), the feminist in me isn't exactly outraged, but I can't help but think that the patriarchy is at it again. After all, even though Miss USA contestants do get to answer interview questions in less time than it takes to tie your shoes (and they're about, oh, reopening the U.S. embassy in Cuba and how to remedy race relations in the United States), it's a beauty contest for a reason. It's pretty much inevitable that the contestants will be sexualized as they face strict scrutiny from a panel of judges, and that sends a tough message to young girls. Regardless, on Sunday it will be that time of the year again, and there are plenty of reasons that, as a feminist, you shouldn't watch the Miss USA Pageant and one very important reason why you should.
It's important to mention that, regardless of individual opinions about the pageant, the contestants do deserve credit for their hard work and talent. Competing in a pageant is not inherently un-feminist, and it doesn't have to be a degrading experience. Still, the backlash against pageants is rooted in the desire to ensure that women are equal members of our society and recognized as whole human beings. Miss USA is making some changes this year to move toward that ideal, which is encouraging, but problems do persist.
In summary, there are more than a couple reasons you may want to just skip it altogether, but at least one good reason you may want to at least DVR it for later: