Stripping Miss Great Britain of her title for having sex on TV reveals our double standards.
Miss Great Britain Zara Holland has been stripped of her title after having sex with fellow contestant Alex Bowen on ITV2 reality show Love Island.
An organisation that judges women on how sexy, thin and attractive they are to men has publicly humiliated and degraded its own winner for going on a television programme all about being sexy, thin and attractive to men. When these women are passive objects, the pageant revels in and profits from their sexual attractiveness. But heaven forbid they should actually live a real life or follow through on that titillating promise. The idea of them taking ownership of their own bodies and desires is apparently unthinkable, unless it is done in secret.
Laura Bates hits the nail on the head here. "We're going to parade these women around on live television and crown the one we deem most attractive and fuckable to men. Wait, she fucked a man? On television? Unacceptable."
The Guardian also found the most appropriate photo of Ms. Holland to describe how I feel about all this.
|Zara Holland on the ITV2 reality show Love Island. Photograph: ITV|
“We pride ourselves on promoting the positivity of pageants in modern society and this includes the promotion of a strong, positive female role model in our winners... The feedback we have received from pageant insiders and members of the general public is such that we cannot promote Zara as a positive role model moving forward … We wholly understand that everyone makes mistakes, but Zara, as an ambassador for Miss Great Britain, simply did not uphold the responsibility expected of the title.”
Modern society. Strong, positive female role model. She decided to have sex with someone? Bad role model! Bad! You only get to be sexy in the way we want you to be!
Miss Great Britain, you are a terrible role model for anyone, please strip yourself of all existence, thanks.