May 13, 2010

ICYMI: Pictures too sexy for Miss USA?

Posted: 12:17 PM ET
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Joe G. (Illinois)   May 13th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

At the bottom of every well lies sediment that nobody in their right mind would want to drink of. And even if it is true that everyone of us has been born into sin and that we are living in the last few days before end of times.. It’s not an excuse to mention that this is 2010.

And another thing.. Talking about sexy.. Not every “Man” is like a Brad Pitt.. You know, a man who could care less one way or another about virginity, monogamy, Christian behavior, etc, etc, etc. All I’m saying is that I’m old fashioned.. And they just don’t do it for me. Thank you and good day.

Sherry   May 13th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

You can defend an organization's charitable efforts all you want, but if no one knows anything beyond the sexual image then that's all the women will be seen as. What Tara fails to acknowledge is that the women have the opportunity to be seen as good role-models and they are making a conscious effort to further sexualize females. So what if pop stars and girls in clubs look the same? They aren't in the Miss USA pageant.
Regardless of whether the pictures are too sexy or not, if these girls have ambitions to be seen as something besides breasts and backs they should have found a better venue. Tara's weak argumentation that the pageant is anything more than trash is denounced by the marketing efforts of Miss USA. Let's call a spade a spade.
As a former pageant contestant I've never held the Miss USA pageant in high regard, we used to joke that the contestants on Miss USA only had two requirements, that the be hookers and lookers.

Bonnie   May 14th, 2010 2:02 am ET

The contestants represent the women of the United States of America. They should be viewed as strong, confident, beautiful, and intelligent women who are not afraid to SAY NO.

If you want the world to see American women as SEX "OBJECTS" who are easily manipulated by producers and station owners alike for rating's sake, then by all means, SUPPORT and WATCH the Miss USA Pageant. You will be the laughing stock of people all over the world.

Poor Future Miss USA Contestants....wonder what they'll be asked to do next?

Why not support the Miss America Pageant instead whose contestants are known for their beauty and talent, intelligence?

kelly   May 14th, 2010 2:48 am ET

When a woman's sex appeal is manipulated by the camera for the intention of creating a response in the viewer, that is making the viewer a voyeur. That is fine if I am an adult and I turn it off. But, we are so desensitized to this technique as viewers, many parents don't understand and allow their children to watch. Objectification at this level is now considered "normal". No wonder Americans are confused and obsessed about sex .

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 14th, 2010 3:33 am ET

Those pictures are far too sexy for Miss USA. The lingerie look like they belong in a bordello. I don't care if this is 2010, this is just not appropriate in my opinion. This is turning it into a trashy pageant.

I agree with all what the older past contestant lady said.

Alessandro BERNARDI   May 14th, 2010 3:44 am ET

What an interesting debate! Where is realy the borderline?

Ted   May 14th, 2010 7:27 am ET

Tara has a big mouth, – more than one way -, and I just cannot understand her attitude toward all these beautiful women and the pictures of good taste.
She also has very bad manners, interupting her opponent constantly.
Did she have bitter experiences, joined the southern Bible thumpers, is reborn and out to destroy anything beautiful in this world or what makes living for?
There was no sin until those who like to have young boys as sexpartners invented it!

Cajazz76:24:8   May 14th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Alessandro BERNARDI @ Ted @ Joe G. usual

I think the debate lies purely in the 'bodies' of the beholders in these blogs, whether they are men who are 'impotent' or women who think they are 'omnipotent', it boils down to how they view themselves in the rack with a beautiful and sexy women or they are a women and cannot find lingerie to fit. So I see them all in boxers with tightly sealed minds. I would bet all have a half-naked man on a cross tucked over top of their sun visors.

Charles   May 14th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

Probably not.

Expat American   May 14th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

I have often pondered as to why some women (beauty pageant contestant or not) would willingly pose in front of the camera in their underwear, or totally nude.

To begin, among many others, could it possibly be one or a combination of the following reasons?

1. Women who willingly pose in lingerie or naked want to display their sexuality for the audience who chooses to look at them; for the sense of affirmation and ‘power’ that it gives them…..
2. Yet, these same women also seek the feeling of being ‘saved’ by others who oppose on principle the need for women to display their nudity for validation. Of course, for the opportunity to proclaim that they wish not to be saved.
3. And lastly, they want to enter into competition and proclaim to other women, through their own self-imposed ridiculous sexual subjugation, how superior their sexuality theirs is compared to a woman who could not pose naked for a camera; or at least be given money for doing so. Many of these women who take off their clothes for money do so because of how it makes them feel that other women are seeing their nudity as much as how many men want to see them naked.

At the end of the day, sex sells because our sick society (through the actions of men and women equally) conditions itself to believe that a randomly naked women is somehow desirable. Ask yourselves this. There isn’t a single woman who hasn’t profited because another woman took her clothes off? Hmmmmm.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 15th, 2010 2:56 am ET

@Cajazz76:24:8 May 14th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

What! You think I am a fuddy-duddy. Not me.........

maze1gerald   May 16th, 2010 12:49 am ET

I'm not complaining

suzy7454   May 16th, 2010 7:21 pm ET

We are living in a society which believes that the objectification of women is 'normal'. It is not only seen in these provocative pictures of the Miss USA pageant, but in everyday life, movies, tv programming etc....

Young girls all dress in ways that leave nothing to the imagination, and it usually begins to manifest in the early teenage years. Adults have become so desensitized to female nudity that is has become perfectly acceptable to make clothing that leaves young girls (and older woman) showing off more than they are concealing.

When has nudity become liberating? Do women actually think that when others see them nude or very nearly so, that this is empowering? As a woman, I am embarrassed oftentimes by what I see other women wearing. And no, it is not that I am ashamed of my body, on the contrary, I do not believe that what 'assets' I have are for the world to see. I dont particularly like getting 'undressed' by some random man who likes to lick his lips while checking me out.

Unfortunately our media is contributing to this growing corruption of the female persona. Women in most cases are seen as sex objects and sadly the insecure growing girls of our time are being brainwashed into believing that to be important you have to be attractive, and to be attractive you have to frighteningly thin, have dyed hair and be always tan.

It is a sad world we live in, where we idolize actresses and models who find nothing wrong in flaunting their 'stuff' in the buff or nearly so, and we applaud them by stating that they are 'strong' for being 'secure' enough to appear in the buff. Men have begun this propaganda to disrobe the female so that he has always something to 'lust' after and these women are obtuse enough to give them what they want.

Commercials like those for Victorias Secret dont leave the average woman feeling confident about herself, nor her male counterpart just thinking of her, rather they make men think less of their wives/girlfriends because they are not what is currently arousing them.

The saddest part is that it is affecting our youth, girls dont tend to see themselves as smart, intelligent young women, but as bust and booty and our young men cannot respect something that doesnt respect itself.

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