Event: Protest against Miss England, 20.07.09


Location: Hilton, Edgewere Road
Time: 6.30pm

Miss-Ogynist University of London continue their campaigning against the Miss University pageants with the rally on Monday 20th July.


The 2009 Miss England claims to be ‘Myth Busting’ including degree students, war veterans and sports women. It also supports B-eat and eating disorders charity and claims to have ‘no size zeros’. Yet, whatever shape, size, ethnicity, and occupation the contestants are, the competition still remains a beauty contest; promoting the judgment of women according to set parameters. Whether they are an Iraq veteran, or a clinical psychologist, upon that platform their worth is reduced to a vacuous stereotype.


We see the resurgence of beauty pageants as indicative of a backlash against the fragile gains that feminism has won. In a society where 2 women will experience violence, 92% of vice chancellors are men and 75% of people living in poverty are women, challenging the objectication of women is becoming widely recognised as attacking the roots of gender subordination in wider society. OBJECT sees the objectification of women as seen in advertising, lads mags, strip clubs, and beauty pageants as promoting the dehumanisation of women, that leads them to be seen as subordinate in society, encouraging and legitimising exploitation and violence. See OBJECTs website for more info, evidence and how you can take action.


The notion of beauty attached to the image promoted by beauty pageants is discriminatory according to gender, sexuality, age, race, and disability. In a society where we are bombarded with commercial images, trying to uglify us into buy into this notion of beauty, it is almost impossible not to judge oneself and each other according to these ideals. Whether we choose to accept or reject them we are left chasing what is essentially a mirage of digitally touched up perfection, creating body disphormia that leads to eating disorders, depression, and pits women against one another in life, not just on a platform.

Only one woman can win a crown, pageants divide rather unite us, preventing us from demanding our rights and freedoms.

Speakers include: JUDITH ORR- author of ‘Sexism and the System’
ALEX CALLINICOS- Author and professor from Kings College and
LIV BAILEY- NUS Women’s Officer

Check out the facebook event page or email londonstudentfeminists@googlemail.com for more info.


One Response to “Event: Protest against Miss England, 20.07.09”

  1. great to find this in a google search. Keep up plugging for the demo to be as big, imaginative and exciting as it was in the 1960’s (can u believe that it’s been 40 years and we are still having the same arguments?)

    I’m trying to find the whole video, it’s 7 mins long. We want to show it at the protest to whip things up a bit.

    Speak soon…


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