France recently saw an immense alleged injustice.
To right the egregious wrong. three women have teamed with a group called Osez le feminisme (“Dare to Be a Feminist”).
To hear the shunned trio tell it, they were recently dogged by discrimination.
Hence, the crowing crew is suing Endemol Production as well as the Miss France beauty pageant.
Tragically, the three ladies didn’t make the contest’s cut.
According to their claim, Miss France judged them…based on their appearance.
Yes — their appearance.
More from the Daily Mail:
Osez le feminisme said that it had filed a complaint with the state labor tribunal on behalf of the three former contestants…saying they had given up trying to get their arguments across by other methods.
The suit argues both companies have broken French labor law “with discriminatory selection criteria by obliging aspiring beauty queens to be more than [roughly 5 feet 6 inches] tall, single, and ‘representative of beauty.'”
Contestants are under obligation not to gain weight or change their hairstyle, and are not allowed to have tattoos or piercings anywhere other than in their ears.
Additionally, they can’t have been married or had kids.
In the past, candidates were whacked due to activities “contrary to good morals, to public order or the spirit of the contest, which is based on the values of elegance.”
And yet — per French labor code — businesses can’t discriminate by “morals, age, family status or physical appearance.”
So explained Osez le feminisme attorney Violaine De Fillippis-Abate to AFP.
Though France is a much different place, American pageants appear primed for similar legal lunges.
It seems to me the inevitability springs — as do many contemporary curiosities — from the self-esteem movement.
A participation trophy is a heck of a thing.
As society’s tried to turn over a new and inclusive leaf, the concept of constrained criteria has been increasingly canceled.
In order to catch the best and brightest, we’re now casting a wider net.
— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) May 17, 2019
A man recently graced the cover of Playboy.
Victoria’s Secret has sought a radical rebranding:
Supermodel Victoria's Secret Claudia Schiffer pic.twitter.com/4HG5CDqsUr
— Caroline (@Carolin47226771) July 22, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) June 18, 2021
Concerning appearance-oriented arenas, some claim having no specific standard is fairest by far.
But if there’s no standard at all, why should anyone be picked over anyone else?
If the benchmark for bodybuilding, for instance, is no longer massive musculature, what right does some out-of-shape schlub have to hold the title instead of any other slob not selected?
Still, if beauty queens need not meet critical criteria, I eagerly await such a precedent’s impendence — I cannot at all cook, and I would love to win a baking contest.
Back to the pageantry of prejudice, the Mail notes that Miss France contestants aren’t technically employees.
However, a similar suit in 2013 saw a favorable judgment.
Miss France is 100 years old this year, and millions still tune in to watch the final vote.
But Dare to be Feminist head Alyssa Ahrabare is attuned to torpedoing toxic masculinity:
“For all our protests every year against this vehicle for sexist values, nothing changes. We have decided to use the law to advance the cause of women.”
Despite claims by organizers that the show has shaken off old attitudes, girls still have to squeeze into ball gowns and bathing suits.
Even so, Miss France head honcho Sylvie Tellier — herself a former wearer of the crown — championed the contest’s pro-woman ways:
“You can parade in a swimsuit and be a feminist. We are no longer in the days of ‘look beautiful and shut up.'”
They may have ditched “shut up,” but “look beautiful” might yet be booted, too.
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