The Miss USA pageant was this weekend. I didn't watch, but thankfully Vanity Fair correspondent Phoebe Robinson did. Her recap is blog-worthy.
She also notes with dismay that the winner (**spoiler alert**) answered her thoughtful question about what colleges can do to combat on-campus sexual assault with the suggestion that girls learn self-defense. (The implication being that if you don't adequately defend yourself, you deserve it.)
When are we going to WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT THE WOMAN'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE SHE'S NOT RAPED??!?! Seriously. This is the winning answer.
I get that all the hairspray and fake tans can take a toll on intelligence, but come on! This is 2014, not 1950. How about we suggest next year that a great way to prevent sexual assault is to teach boys to respect women. All women. All the time.
Every year we spend concentrating on the victims' errors is a year we lose in teaching the younger generation that women are not objects. We don't exist for men's gratification. Nor for their chores. Nor as an outlet for their violence. Nor as an incubator for their offspring. Nor as a pair of boobs in a bikini. (Unless you're Miss Nevada, apparently. Then you just learn Tae Kwon Do.)