People have always had mixed feelings about beauty pageants. Those opinions have usually been divided along gender lines. Very few red-blooded American men will not look at a beautiful woman in a swimsuit sauntering across a stage. Oh sure, intelligence is a plus too, but it most likely is not the contestant’s knowledge of physics that gets the guys attention right away.
Traditionally, some of the loudest voices against beauty pageants have been feminists. They will rail against the injustice of it all. It’s the twenty first century for the love of Pete! When is our patriarchal society going to stop objectifying women and only viewing them as a piece of meat, nothing more than sex objects? These are also usually the women who, well not to be catty, wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning Miss Congeniality, much less the beauty aspect of the thing. Meow.
This past Sunday, Nia Sanchez of Nevada, the now crowned Miss USA, was asked a question about rape and violence against women on college campuses. She gave a very articulate and very correct answer about women being proactive. She shared her own experience of being a fourth degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do. She said that all women had the right to defend themselves against would-be attackers.
This, of course, was simply unacceptable for the gals on the Left, and they made their screechy voices heard loud and clear on Twitter and other social media. “Rape culture wins again”, roared one indignant “I am” woman. Turns out that learning self defense is, in fact, not the way to prevent assault for liberal women, and is downright insulting to even suggest. One tweeter had the most sure fired way of all to bring down the incidence of violence towards women, “or men could just not rape!” Why didn’t we think of that?
In its infancy, feminism, and the women who trail blazed the path for future generations, certainly envisioned a time when women did not have to be afraid to walk down the street at night alone. They dreamed when women could come and go as they pleased. They would be empowered to defend themselves against violence. Wasn’t the idea to not be dependent on men? When did learning the fine art of self defense, and refusing to accept the fact that it is not if, but when you will be a victim of a sexual assault or rape become empowerment?
The new Miss USA was also maligned for her comments because, somehow, they blamed the victim. Apparently in the world of liberal women, having the confidence and expertise to take down your attacker somehow means you are blaming other women should they become the victims of rape and violence. Doesn’t that remotely sound like the long held thought that if a woman wore a short skirt or low cut blouse that the attack was her fault?
Unfortunately, violence against women will always be the norm, rather than the exception for some men. Strong, confident, empowered women should always be prepared to defend themselves of course. Should we also have to be prepared to defend ourselves against feminists who think the most effective way to prevent rape and violence is to put a “rape free zone” sign on the corner of every street on every college campus?
Wow. You’ve come a long way, Baby.