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Need for scholarships pushes pageant revival

Original post made on Feb 18, 2008

It's been over 20 years since Alameda County has held a pageant, but that is about to change as a "Miss" will be crowned in February.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 7, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I'm looking forward to this event!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Don't forget that there will lots of male and female predators seeking recruits at the pageant.

If you're interested in protecting young women, ask them not to enter.
Don't show up for the event. It's not about beauty or brains. It is about reducing women to meat with eyes that blink. Is that cool or what?

And, it's not about having it and "flaunting" it. It's a cheap shot at women. If the pageant industry is interested in finding attractive young women, then offer them the cost of a 4 year college education, medical insurance/dental+eye care. Watch how fast the producers duck 'n run!

Protect women from organized predators...







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Posted by Carol
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Cholo, you seem to have MANY opinions and post about them often. I have seen your comments on many other Pleasanton Weekly Stories. Each seems to take the negative side. How is it, you write all of these crass comments and feel as if you speak for so many? You need to choose a platform, and campaign for the good of something. Try it, you will feel better and people may look forward to reading something that Cholo has done lately.


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Posted by Deuce
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:57 pm

This pageant is truly about intelligence and community service and not based solely on looks. In fact, the swimsuit portion is only two minutes long and that is for all 13 contestants.

The organizers are sincere in their efforts to provide scholarship money and another difference between this pageant and others is the organizers are providing each contestant with money - not just the winner and first runner up.

I have met the contestants and the organizers and was impressed by their candor and sincerity to be involved with the pageant. Kudos to them for making it "real"!

Deuce


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Posted by Carol
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I just posted an opinion on the other article about the scholarship pageant, so I am posting the same one here too.

"I agree this is a choice, and it takes effort, talent, and intelligence to participate in.
Nationaly Organization of Women may just be criticizing the very girl who takes the stage with ideas of proving woman CAN be and certainly deserve to be viewed as a WHOLE entity. Attractive girls actually seem to have to work harder to dispell the myth of being an airhead.

Looks are about pride, and genetics. You just have to do what you can to present the best "YOU" that you can on stage, and in the interview. She may be physically beautiful, and deserving because she meets all the criterea, and she may present to others as possiby plain looking, but have a power packed personallity, and backround. The judges seem to know who is capable of carrying forth the mission of representing a particular organization well for them. Opinions vary, but most of this is based on point system, and everyone has an equal chance. Good luck girls, and congratulations to a husband wife team, " The Walsh's" on contributing their time to showcase girls who would love to represent the County at functions, and in the Miss California Pageant. Have a great show."


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm

A beauty pageant is a meat market for young women. The younger the better for predators, male & female. As for any fool that believes that this is about intelligence, pride, genetics or community service, grow up! Prancing around in high heels and make up is about meat patties with eyes that blink. Give the young women a chance: pay for a 4 year college education and purchase medical insurance/eye/dental care until they complete their studies. Now that's a scholarship!

Carol, do you if any madam's are involved in this so called beauty pageant....Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?


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Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Hah! Swimsuit portion kept to 2 mintues! How about no swimsuit portion? What does the swimsuit portion have to do with getting scholarship money? Attractive girls don't have to work hard on developing any kind of personality. They get attention no matter what they say! Cholo's right. Pageants are meat markets for that portion of society who pervert what it means to be a well-rounded and accomplished young woman.


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Posted by Amy
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

The matter of time the swimsuit segment takes is irrelevant. What a ridiculous argument. If just the girl's buttocks were being rated, it would probably cut the time in half. Would that make it better?


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Posted by Laura
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm

A poll revealed that without the bathing suit competition, most respondents claim they would not watch a pageant on TV. That tells you what a pageant is about for the audience. For little girls and young women, it's an opportunity to absorb the the American value that what is important about females is their sexual appeal. For men it's an opportunity to increase blood flow to certain areas.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Need for scholarships? More like a need for cheese.


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Posted by Carol
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 19, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Above a few comments ago, this question was asked:

Carol, do you if any madam's are involved in this so called beauty pageant....Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, 4 hours ago


WHAT an indignent thing to say. You obviouslay need attention, and the only way you can get it is to stir up controversy.
Do you not realize that there are many meanings for madam's, and only one of them is especially respectful, however I am sure you meant to "SHOCK" but you have failed miserably.
You have actually insulted many women of this community, and it is your narrow minded comments that keep me praying now, that you will not be one of the people attending that night.
Choosing the signature name of "cholo", makes me embarrased that someone of my possible heritage has such disrespect for woman, but thinks he is actually advocating for them by having such rude comments to share.
SO read on Cholo, and know that no self respecting woman will give you the time of day now that you have exposed your intellect.
I am sure you meant to ask of there would be any of the last mentioned madams on the following list, but cholo, having that name"madam's" on the tip of your tongue speaks volumes.
You will get no more attention to your low self esteem based comments. For that you will have to seek out a madam and pay for the atention.


Mad·am (mād'əm) Pronunciation Key
n. Abbr. Mdm.
pl. Mes·dames (mā-dām', -däm') Used formerly as a courtesy title before a woman's given name but now used only before a surname or title indicating rank or office: Madam Ambassador.
Used as a salutation in a letter: Dear Madam or Sir.
madam Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Right this way, madam.
madam The mistress of a household.
madam A woman who manages a brothel.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

NOBODY IS GONNA BE DUPED BY YOU MADAM CAROL...BLINK BLINK

TEE HEE HEE, TEE HEE HEE


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Posted by Marcia
a resident of Foothill Place
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Someone wrote, "the organizers are presenting each candidate with money." Being paid to have your undressed body evaluated and given a numeric value by a panel of strange adults, so you can have money for college....very sad.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Nolan Farms
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Beauty pageants and dog shows have a lot in common. The dogs are judged on confidence, gait, appearance, intelligence, etc. The winner is awarded a prize and throughout the year is photographed and showcased as an excellent example of the breed.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Cholo.
I can and I will protect myself from predators.


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Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm

"You have actually insulted many women of this community, and it is your narrow minded comments that keep me praying now, that you will not be one of the people attending that night.
Choosing the signature name of "cholo", makes me embarrased that someone of my possible heritage has such disrespect for woman, but thinks he is actually advocating for them by having such rude comments to share."

Speak for yourself. I'm not insulted by Cholo.
I also think that Cholo is empowering the name by using it, just as the young girls prancing around stage are showing how they can empower their sexual attraction for money!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:00 am

Julie...go for it!


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Posted by Jeb Bing
editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:24 am

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