Thankful to Miss America for eliminating the swimsuit competition, even if they still insist on using the word Miss (Which is a sexist surname introducing women as a though only their marital status is of primary concern. This continues to have a profound negative impact on fostering equal respect in relationships, how women view themselves, and how society views women.) Nevertheless, good progress towards realizing that we aren't cuts of meat. We are people. Thanks for noticing.
Does that mean that average looking women that have skills, intelligence and talent can now compete in the pageant? I am guessing not, because all of the contests that feed into it are still beauty pageants. If it is going to be a contest that's not about a woman's appearance, then make it a competition where appearance doesn't matter. If it's still a beauty pageant then keep it a beauty pageant. Otherwise get rid of it altogether. It's a relic of a different age, anyway.
At one time our religious views were very strict towards male contact with females, the protocols described in the bible were complex and fraught with punishment for both sexes. Adding "Mrs" or "Miss" was an easy way to introduce a woman to a man so he could act in a culturally correct manner. It was good for both sexes. Change is hard. As for the swimsuit competition I ask this: should they be judged at all? What if they want to be (as they obviously do)? Is beauty or attractiveness a bad thing? How, if a woman wants a man attracted to her, does she project herself toward him? Is sexuality a bad thing if it requires a woman to project her physical attributes by wearing provocative attire? Is it wrong for a guy to project his desire? If not, how would it be acceptable for him to do this? How does a woman balance her need to be sexually attractive and still be respected for her other attributes in a manner that you judge to be acceptable? My last question, if a woman wishes to be accepted mainly on her sexuality is this ok?
"Miss" was a sexist title to be sure. However, "MS" was supposed to apply to both married women AND single women but seems to have morphed into just a replacement for the "Miss" title for single women with most married women using "Mrs." When I point that out to young women, they seem oblivious to that fact.
This title situation drives me crazy.
I use Ms. I always have and I always will.
Sometimes, however, there are occasions whereby I'm forced to choose between miss or mrs. In effect I am being pushed into the married or unmarried pigeonhole.
If this happens with online companies I complain and take my business elsewhere. I also name and shame such companies on sites like 'everyday sexism'.
Some of the companies I've complained about and won't patronise are Paula's Choice, Bosch and Klarstein. It's no one's business if I'm married or not.