What a great protest that will surely have many men watching. I think it is fundamental for men to realize (a) how wide spread the problem of sexual harassment, sexual aggression, sexual violence is, (b) that the numbers suggest that most men have committed some type of sexual aggression in their lives, and (c) how damaging it is to women to experience any kind of sexual aggression. This is one of the ways of reaching men, and it is very likely that men interested in a beauty pageant are also the ones who have limited empathy with for women in general. As regular readers know, empathy is one of the factors that will allow men to commit sexual assault when it is low.
Miss Peru hopefuls chose to highlight
women’s safety onstage instead of their measurements
Beauty pageant Miss Peru candidates talked about violence against women instead of women’s bodies.
Beauty pageant contestants in the South American country of Peru used this year’s Miss Peru contest on Sunday to bring attention to the scourge of violence against women plaguing their country.
Clad in matching gold sequined evening gowns, each woman stepped up the microphone to introduce herself. But instead of giving their bodily measurements, each contestant offered horrific statistics about violence against women in Peru.
“My name is Camila Canicoba,” said the first woman to take the microphone, “and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of murdered women reported in the last nine years in my country.”