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To think this is a bit of a shitty application criteria

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Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 18:59:35

So just browsing facebook and up popped an advert to apply for miss Universe 2016. I was struck with curiosity and clicked on the link and if I'm honest found the application criteria a bit I don't know ...wrong.
Now I won't be applying because quite frankly the only contest I'll be winning is a pie eating contest but I just thought humph I don't like this.
To enter you must never of been or be married
You must never of had children
You must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
I don't really have an opinion on beauty pagents but these criteria seem a bit wrong to me. I know loads of beautiful women who've had kids and been married.
I can't put my finger on why this annoys me so much!

TaliZorah Sat 26-Dec-15 19:01:22

It's sexism. Women who've had children or been married aren't as pure and unattached as women who haven't so are less marketable.

It's horrible.

goodnightdarthvader1 Sat 26-Dec-15 19:01:49

A beauty pagent has unfair and sexist criteria? I am so shocked! shock

MagicMojito Sat 26-Dec-15 19:03:36

Goodnight grin

DinoSnores Sat 26-Dec-15 19:03:38

You could enter Mrs Universe!


Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:04:28

Maybe I thought in 2015 that things like marriage and children weren't issues. Clearly quite naive!

invisiblegorilla Sat 26-Dec-15 19:04:29

You're not allowed to get married while you're the reigning Miss Universe either!

ComposHatComesBack Sat 26-Dec-15 19:05:05

The while thing is a bunch of sexist claptrap, this changes my while opinion of the charade not an iouta.

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:06:28

Oof I'd rather have a chocolate and cake than enter quite frankly

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:10:20

Why can't you be married whilst miss Universe it's all a bit silly.

TaliZorah Sat 26-Dec-15 19:11:02

Chilly because a married woman isn't as easily sold as a male fantasy

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:12:25

Ewww that's awful! Bleurgh! !

I'm a little bit shocked and clearly quite sheltered

AliceInUnderpants Sat 26-Dec-15 19:14:15

I would imagine because a Miss is traditionally an unmarried woman?

goodnightdarthvader1 Sat 26-Dec-15 19:17:47

Chilly because a married woman isn't as easily sold as a male fantasy

This. Plus if she's been previously married then she may not be a <gasp> virgin!

Duckdeamon Sat 26-Dec-15 19:18:02

Ms Universe.

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:19:48

Bit I'm thinking hey its 2015 a women can be beautiful, have an excellent job and have children so why can't they enter a competition . I don't see the issue of being married either or wether they've been divorced quite frankly. It's all so odd..

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:22:59

...also to hold such conservative views as such but be cool with women parading in swimwear etc. All seems so derogatory. I'm not sure why I'm shocked I've never given beauty pagents much thought though. Also noticed nearly all the women were white. .

winterswan Sat 26-Dec-15 19:24:11

Since when were the words 'fair' and 'beauty pageants' synonymous?

DinoSnores Sat 26-Dec-15 19:25:33

"Also noticed nearly all the women were white. ."

Looking at the list of winners, nearly all the winners are not white.

(Not defending beauty pageants but do like a bit of fact checking!)

Chillyegg Sat 26-Dec-15 19:28:29

Oops sorry I meant all the UK representatives were mostly white.

TaliZorah Sat 26-Dec-15 19:30:44

Sexists often have weird hypocrisies. Conservative views but like you said okay with bikinis.

Like homophobes who watch lesbian porn.

Notimefortossers Sat 26-Dec-15 19:36:20

A beauty pagent has unfair and sexist criteria? I am so shocked!


Atenco Sat 26-Dec-15 19:36:25

Many years ago I looked at criteria for the Miss Mexico beauty contest and one of the criteria was a height of 1m 70cm, in a country where I am considered tall at 1m 65cm.

I hate beauty contests, but still...

iklboo Sat 26-Dec-15 19:37:49

I could enter Mrs Size Of The Universe......

cailindana Sat 26-Dec-15 19:54:35

Back in the 50s and 60s it was commonplace to have to certify your virginity in order to be eligible to enter a beauty pageant in the US. This is a more 'modern' equivalent of that.

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