Please, Ms. Collins (Miss Wisconsin of 2018), I do appreciate your statement that “It’s not about a pretty face” — but if you think the men watching you perform are thinking of your intelligence, your creative artistic talent, your potential as a scientist or surgeon, then you have NOT read women’s history. It’s like having a modernized slave auction and saying “It’s not about enforced labor; we respect our slaves.”
I encourage you to create something TOTALLY different — something that has NOTHING to do with costumes, make-up, putting your bodies on display. Ask yourself : Entirely apart from how men want women to look, what men admire in women, how men want women to dress; entirely apart from the make-up scene, from the fashion industry — WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A WOMAN? How do I want to look — as a woman? I’m convinced not ONE WOMEN IN A HUNDRED knows the answers. Our entire culture is based on how women need to attract and please men — even when they are using their brains.
And if you say “What’s wrong with that?” then, again, you need to read women’s history. It’s a ghastly story. Women have had NO identity, NO purpose, NO value without their attraction and service to men. (When men rape women and say it was mutually consensual, they BELIEVE it.) Historically, men were TAUGHT (through culture and religion) that women were made to provide sex for men and they cannot understand women’s reluctance or resistance. Whatever has changed, that deeply held belief has NEVER been uprooted.
Until WOMEN take charge of their own bodies, their own minds, their own sense of value, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. Men do NOT see what is wrong with wanting you to attract them, to dress for them, to perform for them.
Ms. Collins, think of having men do the same thing you do in these performances — NOT for women, but for the same MEN. Would those male judges REALLY be interested in watching other men dance, sing, perform and be able to choose which one is “most beautiful” ??? Would men want to be seen publicly watching, examining, fantasizing about other men’s bodies? Not in our male-dominant culture.
Whatever your capabilities, personal goals, individual qualities, you are doing this for men’s PLEASURE. Everything else is less than secondary. My suggestion? Get off that stage, and find out what it means to be a woman who does NOT need to be ogled by men.