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Thirteen young women vie for Miss Alameda County crown

Original post made on Feb 19, 2008

The Miss Alameda County pageant is back after a 20-year-or-so hiatus. Thirteen young women from all over the county--including three from Pleasanton--will compete at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, for the chance to advance to the state competition.

The show will include dance numbers and professional and "celebrity" judges, including Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 14, 2008, 10:24 AM

Comments (25)

Posted by a former beauty
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 19, 2008 at 2:26 pm

About the Miss Alameda County Scholarship Pageant:What experience do the judges have at accurately assessing physical fitness?
Is buying a ticket and looking at 13 young people in swimsuits going to show me their "lifestyle and fitness"? I suppose if the contestants were males, you'd check their physical education and athletic experience, not stand them up on a stage and stare at their lovely young bodies. Wouldn't a weightlifter contestant of any gender be judged "fit" on the records of how well they lifted how much weight for their class? Or if a female contestant were a fire fighter, couldn't she could pose in her fire suit including the 70-pound pack they wear while controlling a high pressure hose, and be judged "fit?"

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

What a crock! Begging for money from the public to provide a "scholarship"? BOYCOTT THIS MEAT MARKET PAGEANT...

Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Cholo, you should totally make signs and protest outside Amador Theater dressed in your swimsuit competition outfit! LOL! Better yet, rally up a bunch of intelligent young women who know better than to think the pageant is about academic scholarship and protest the pageant with them. That would be a sight! I wonder if those girls would want to show up in their swimsuits or maybe their evening gown outfits!

Posted by Alison
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 19, 2008 at 4:52 pm

It is inappropriate for any of the judges to be male. I would never let my young daughter stand on a stage in a bathing suit for some middle-aged man to rate her body.

Posted by Jean
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Wow, all of you people are really daft. Do you really thik any of these girls mothers do not know what is going this pageant is about? You are insulting something you know nothing about. I used to be in pageants and it is all professionally put together, expecially now. I won maybe $5,000. dollars from the 7 times I entered, and it can only be used for school! There is no other reason to enter this pageant! You do not get anything else but money in the form of tuition paid through Miss America inc.
Other than that you invest your time and traveling, to have a chance to gets some tuition money. PERIOD!
All of these girls have something that they feel strongly about, that will help our communities, , and that is called a platform. They do charity work, it's called giving, and all of your people need to think about trying to give some constructive, criticism, perhaps after the event may be better served, should you find something offensive afterwords.
I think I do know one of the girls entered in to the pageant's family. I will be there to be to watch and hopefully, see the youth of our cities express themselves well. They will probably do a better job than some of those leaving comments, who choose to rant and rave over something they "think" they know about!

Posted by Jamie
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 19, 2008 at 8:41 pm

If this pageant was really about helping financially needy girls win scholarships for college, obese girls would be able to win the pageant. People living in poverty have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. They live farther from stores that sell produce than the affluent do, and fresh produce is expensive. What is readily availabe to the poor are fast food chains and convenience markets.
So if this pageant were really about helping girls get to college, we would see many overweight women competing, but of course, that's not what it's about. It's about displaying young, sexually attractive women and rating their bodies. The scholarship is just a lame attempt at legitimacy, like calling the 'strip down to your underwear' (bathing suit) portion, the 'Health and Fitness' competiton. Ha ha.

Posted by jean
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 19, 2008 at 9:05 pm

How does anyone know what body types are entered in to this pageant? Perhaps you need to go and see! Also, Health and fitness catagory only makes up 15% of the points. Talent is 35 points......interview is 25% I, anyone has as good of a chance no matter what they weight.
How insulting some of you can be! Especially not knowing who has entered in to this. I understand in reading one of the stories that one girl has scars all over from surgeries......
She obviously has more knowledge about these pageants than most of you, and yet she still entered....

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I'm neither pro/con pageant, but I would have to assume no one is forcing these young ladies to participate. If they wish too, then good luck to all of them....

No, I won't be there.......

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Predatory men and women love beauty pageants. Madam Jean, you've never won a plug nickel and you know it so cut the crap about having won "$5,000" in numerous pageants!

If your shoes don't fit or they're not the correct color, it will cost the contestant 17 pts. If your hair is not fluffy, then it will cost you 4.51 pts. If you have a ear twitch, then it will cost you 13 pts. No nervous girls please! No fats or dopers! Any gal that is below 3 feet tall, stay AWAY! PLEASE! If you have a problem with ear wax or toe jam, then call on Madam Jean, she will fix things up...she likes to do that. As jean says, "not matter what you weight" as long as you're not a pork chop and speak English, you can win!



Posted by Reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2008 at 4:47 am

Dear Jeb and Pleasanton Weekly Staff...It seems you need to edit or better yet block this Cholo person's comments as many are rude and insulting, bordering on malicious. Although it is wonderful to have this forum, it seems that some people (especially Cholo)totally miss the point and go straight to negative comments revealing their lack of understanding of this type of blog. Many of the other frequent contributors seem to really care about the issues and make intelligent comments about the posted topics. Thanks for helping to keep this forum legitimate and in the positive spirit of Pleasanton!

Posted by Jon
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 20, 2008 at 4:48 am

No where in this pageant title does it say Miss Alameda County BEAUTY Pageant. Cholo, maybe you're just jealous that you could never enter in one of these pageants, and by the way, who the hell are you to decide if someone has one "$5,000". As everyone here can see, Cholo is one of those self-centered people who don't get out very often. Maybe you're one of those pork chops that could never win anything. By the way, Cholo, nobody likes YOU. You just can't accept that fact and is mad at the rest of the world for all the hatred put against you.

Why don't you go back home and sit in front of your computer and continue typing insults about girls who have lives unlike yourself. At least these girls get out and get experience and education. Only uneducated people like you sit in front of a box all day typing up insults.

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Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:06 am

The Miss Alameda County is a preliminary for Miss California and Miss America. The organizers of Miss Alameda County may have all good intentions to somewhat legitimize the contest, however, the facts remain that nobody will watch the Miss America competition on TV if the swimsuit competition were removed. Cholo may incite anger in those who are unwaiveringly supportive of this perverse idea of "scholarship" but the point is the pagaent is still a forum for young girls to think all they need to do is look pretty in front of judges to get some money for school. Why not actually apply to scholarships that require essays or letters of references or proof of community service, where the only thing a judge sees are the writings of young women, not the young women in swimsuits? Why? Well, because that would be too hard! It's easier to prance around on stage in skimpy outfits, thanking yourself that your parents have good genes and our society rewards appearance rather than substance.
Oh, and one last thing:
"It seems you need to edit or better yet block this Cholo person's comments as many are rude and insulting, bordering on malicious."
-kinda Nazi, don't you think? Block out the adverse opinions because you don't like them, because they're not popular, because you want to live in a world where everyone and everything is aggreeable and nice! A bit naive, eh?

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

I believe that all women have a right to thrive. It's harmful to women and men to treat them as mere objects. It harms everybody when others are treated like meat patties with eyes that blink...blink blink!

This whole point business proves that women in pageants are just being perceived as fragments of something. What I don't understand is how come Madams jean, carol,and jon are so committed to objectifying young women in particular? Hmmmmmmmmmm...very suspicious...hmmmmmm! What's in it for you?

Madam jean claims to have "won" $5,000 in scholarship money for having entered hundreds of beauty pageants. That may purchase a few pencils but not much else. Parents work hard so that their children can attend university.
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Posted by Donna
a resident of California Somerset
on Feb 20, 2008 at 1:58 pm

How does anyone know what body types are entered in the pageant? Are you kidding?

Posted by Mary
a resident of Mariposa Ranch
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm

No one forces adults to become porn actors, does that mean Pleasanton should host the filming of one ?

Posted by Ellen
a resident of Heritage Valley
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Why doesn't Pleasanton organize a Handsome Pageants for boys? If there were, they should be rquired to wear skin-tight bathing suits, like the girls. No fair wearing trunks, we would want to see what they've got!

Posted by Margaret
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Opinions aside. I don't understand why you all are attacking the girls that have entered this pageant. Women are judged every day by men. Some men see us as meat patties that blink. Shouldn't we be adressing the disgusting antics of the people outside of this organization? The Miss America organization is a huge scholarship provider, and advocates for the further education of women. If you have a problem with this pageant, then you should talk to the girls that have entered it.

Posted by Alanna
a resident of Gatewood
on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Margaret, a huge scholarship provider in exchange for what? Girls displaying their body for points? I think it matters what you have to do in exchange for $.

Posted by Shelley
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm

"I don't understand why you all are attacking the girls that have entered this pageant. Women are judged every day by men."
Because the girls are actively participating in the act of being judged. They are seeking it out. They are choosing to be judged in such a way.
I don't understand why the girls don't use other ways to get scholarship money. Why doesn't someone who supports this perverse competition answer that question? It's not like Miss America pagaentry is the only way they can get it.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm

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The comments that split me off as a bad object are too silly for words!

Mary, there is an interesting book that may be of interest to you: Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress, Melissa Farley, Ph.D.
As for the contestants, I am not angry with them. Sexism drives such contests.

I believe in an America that has more to offer than a spectacle in which women are dehumanized and presented as buckets.


Posted by Ashley
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm

"...and that is called a platform. They do charity work, it's called giving..."

Nearly all college-bound students participate in some form of community service. I graduated H.S. almost 6 years ago so maybe this is outdated, but my peers and I all did hours upon hours of service a week and helped organize major fundraisers. None of us had to do it in swimsuits.

These women demonstrate their "poise" by walking around in evening gowns.

If thats how they want to get scholarships, more power to them, but lets call a spade a spade. It's a beauty pageant, and I have no problem with that, but to solicit money as if this is to reward some philanthropic women... come on, there are a lot more deserving girls in our high shool of scholarships who have enough dignity not to spray an entire can of aquanet in their hair and parade around in front of middle aged strangers in a bikini.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:41 am

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As for carol, mary, jean, sandy, the organizers of this abusive spectacle, I want you to know that I am asking everybody that I know not to attend your beauty pageant.

Also, I ask the women who are already entered to withdraw. You have more to offer the world than a view of your breasts, butt and groin.
Never give anything to the predators, male & female, that will surely be in the audience. Take care.

Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Jeb, anytime you want to stop this string the insults are ridiculous and hurtful..Please stop this string.

Posted by Reason
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm

There are TONS of scholarships available without having to have a "pageant". Let Donald Trump have his Miss Universe and not kid anyone why the winner wins? Unfortunately inner beauty and brains are not the primary focus of any pageant I've ever seen.

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

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