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Letter: Academic scholarships for young women

Original post made on Feb 12, 2008

Alameda County has not participated in the Miss Alameda County competition for over 20 years and the Dec. 17 story in the Pleasanton Weekly makes it clear why not. This is a bathing suit, evening gown competition held under the guise of a scholarship for young women.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2008 at 2:44 am

When you raise a girl in todays society, and she reaches the age of 18, and chooses to be in a pageant, and qualifies to do so, our community should be supportive. The opportunity to show common sense, laced with intelligence brought my own daughter under the direction of the Miss Alameda Pageant. Her discipline from years of training in dance,also gave her excellant time management skills, life choice priorities, and her graceful movement and great sense of timing entertains us in this high pressured world. Her proper selection of nutrition and excercise enabled her to have a strong fit body, that will be revealed in the health and fitness segment, in her bathing suit. Her respect for women's rights actually enabled her to make the decision to join other diverse girls to vie for scholarship money, and perhaps as important, to show communities that self esteem can enable them to understand such above opinions and have the integrity to move forward in taking the challenge of judgement from more than just pageant officials. I have taught my daughter that credibility comes from making proper decisions throughout life. She has faced adversity many times and used her natural grace, and intelligence to remain an incredible woman, who has made proper choices. She would make anyone who took the time to get to know her, proud to represent this expanding Tri Valley, and Alameda County. I invite everyone to attend this event February 23rd. see if you feel as proud of all of these girls as I do. It is a wonderful group of girls, brought together by a caring generous woman, Barbara Walsh. Thank you Barbara for believing in giving girls a platform to further their education. I wish all the girls well, in doing their best at presenting their true selves to our community, and to families , and friends.

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Posted by Jeb Bing
editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Feb 12, 2008 at 3:38 am

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

Both Mary Jane Casper, who signed the letter shown above that was in the Feb. 8 print edition of the Pleasanton Weekly, and Chris Grey, Supervisor Scott Haggerty's chief of staff, agree that Ms. Casper's mention of Haggerty being a judge in the Miss Alameda pageant was in error. Although he was once considered as a judge, he bowed out when it turned out he had a scheduling conflict.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Don't be so naive mes pageants are about finding a few meat patties with eyes that blink... girls are surrounded by male and female goon squads that want to rip off their this group out of town...let them hop on BART and go to Oakland where they can pick up some culture!

This beauty pageant business is just another form of slavery!

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Posted by Maya
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Feb 13, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I'm sure there are young men who have exercised and nourished themselves properly and would be willing to display themselves in speedos for rating by judges.
Why are our young males deprived of health and fitness pageants? Is it because males are valued as whole human beings, and not for mainly for their sexual appeal?
If sexual appeal isn't the point of pageants, then why don't we have pageants for senior citizens? They could wear bathing suits to show off their healthy choices in nutriton and exercise. I'm sure they would love to compete for financial rewards to finance nursing homes, home health aides, etc. Why don't we want to applaud their healthy choices and bodies? Is it because they don't sexually arouse the judges and audience? Is that what pageants are about?

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Posted by Jean
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

There ARE pageants for women, married woman, and yes even senior citizens. THere are also pageants for men. Just Google for more information.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

They don't seem to be as common, do they? Has there been one of these alternative pageants in Pleasanton? Do you expect to see one soon?

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Posted by Dana Renton
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

The National Organization of Woman are showing their stupidity in spades. Doesn't NOW have anything better to do with their time? These young women who participate in pageants are usually the more academically inclined, community activists, and goal oriented. The swimsuit competition has so little to do with Miss America it's rediculous. Why would NOW critisize pageantry anyway? Instead they should be supporting womens right to choose which activities they want to be involved with. I have lost so much respect fot that organization. I do however, have the utmost respect for young women who would become involved in a worthwhile community endeavor that has the added advantage of scholarship opportunities. Good luck girls!

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Well spoken Dana. 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 Soooo
a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I'm confused is this a beauty pageant?, or an intellagence pageant?

Quotes from posters above:

"Attractive girls actually seem to have to work harder to dispell the myth of being an airhead".

"The National Organization of Woman are showing their stupidity in spades. Doesn't NOW have anything better to do with their time? These young women who participate in pageants are usually the more academically inclined, community activists, and goal oriented".


Have you seen the Miss Teen USA video that is one of the most popular on youtube? Check it out ;-) Web Link

Let's not kid ourselves what "pageants" are about.......

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Posted by Lacey
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

NOW is an organization that usually hates men. I'm not surprised they would be against anything beautiful, since most of them are tire old hags who would rather critisize then become involved. Pageants offer numerous opportunities for young women. If the NOW girls can't figure that out, they are more stupid than I even thought.

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