Boondoggle

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Supermodels must support torture

missuniverseSure, it’s good for an ironic laugh when “Miss Universe” lauds Guantanamo Bay as a “relaxing, calm, beautiful place” where she had “a loooot of fun!”  But more disturbing is the sexism underwriting all this bemusement.  The subtext seems very clearly to be along the lines of “this bimbo is so naive that she thinks high-security prisons are great fun!”  Which is more offensive: that a beauty queen had an good time on the beach in the Caribbean (she was brought there, it bears mentioning, to entertain the troops, which is disgusting enough), or that a United States government supported a facility whose inmates were routinely tortured?

(image from flickr user jorgemejia under a Creative Commons license)

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March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Personally, I am most offended that the USO thinks a good way to cheer up the MPs who staff the facility where they commit torture is to have them ogle beautiful women. I mean, isn’t there a more direct way to alleviate their sense of alienation from humanity?

    Comment by Tommy | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. I don’t really know if I think its sexism. I don’t argue that the subtext is as you say it is, but I don’t think that’s sexist. Leaving aside Tommy’s point (which I think is valid) is it sexist to think that someone who expresses what she expressed is naive (putting it mildly)? I think the reaction would be the same if it was Mr. Universe as opposed to Ms.

    Comment by anothergradstudentcliche | March 31, 2009 | Reply


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