Why should these women sacrifice their dignity and self-respect by offering their bodies for judgment by some panel? I am disappointed that our County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty, is supporting this event and will act as a judge here in Pleasanton.
This pageant requires women and society to perpetuate the media-created unattainable body ideal that often leads to poor self-esteem and eating disorders. The National Organization for Women has taken a strong stand against violent, denigrating, emaciated images of women in the media through its annual "Love Your Body Day" campaign which encourages positive images of women as athletic, strong and self-confident.
Women have only had the right to vote since 1920 and we are finally seeing women such as Nancy Pelosi become the Speaker of the House of Representatives. For the first time, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, an intelligent, experienced, mature women could be President. This is a time to celebrate women for their intelligence and abilities not treat them as physical specimens based on an unrealistic standard of beauty that denies their personhood and ability to achieve higher education and scholarships based on their intelligence and academic qualifications.
Young women deserve more credit and respect as human beings.
Mary Jane Casper for ACT NOW
Alameda County Tri-Valley National Organization for Women