Cultural Trends/Popular Culture

Miss USA Pageant Puts Porn on a Pedestal

Friday, June 11, 2010

As Miss USA contestants pout and preen in fishnet stockings, Caryl Rivers says young women are being exposed to an ever-intensifying media message that says sex sells and "you too can be porn star."

Miss USA Pageant Puts Porn on a Pedestal(WOMENSENEWS)--The Miss USA pageant, in case you missed this news shocker, is offering Web photos of contestants featuring what might be called stripper chic. The young women pout and preen in fishnet stockings, bustiers and lots of cleavage.

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This is a great example of how the male gaze rules not only the media, but society as a whole. By hyper-sexualizing the Miss USA contestants, America is spreading the myth that it's perfectly acceptable for all girls and women to publish themselves as this "stripper chic" for everyone to view, erasing the progress women have made in showing society that we're smart, skilled, successful and equal to men, in every aspect.

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