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Re: “Really?

I feel compelled to comment because of the negative reactions above. I've seen fliers for this event and received a FB invite, and was a bit repelled. I don't know how judging how teenage girls look in swimsuits translates to a positive experience for them. It's a contest of pretty, adding to the already constant deluge of messages girls receive about the importance of their appearance over all other traits. Does the competition take into consideration other factors, like community service, academic achievement and personal interests, aside from getting their hair done? An interesting aspect to the prize pool is the contract with a new local boutique. The boutique added me on FB, I had no idea what it was and still couldn't tell after approving its friend request, but judging from the photos, it appears to be a fan club for emaciated legs. Our online "friendship" was short-lived, and the photos were creepy. Also, I love The Ink People, but I don't get the affiliation with a beauty pageant. If this is a project of a sewing group for teens, why not a fashion show of participants' original designs? Thank you for writing this article, which reflects the opinions of many of us. I must, however, take issue with the terms "post-feminist Humboldt" and "normal-weight girls". There is no post-feminist, despite reports to the contrary, and the latter just seems to reinforce what you say you oppose. What is this "normal" weight?

Posted by DL on 06/30/2011 at 1:53 PM

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