It is not a stupid question, it is a very relevant question. And any contestant
worth her salt would have had a good answer.These facts show that
our society still has its priorities mixed up, and that latent sexism is still a
problem. The "glass ceiling" is still in place, and women are still
discriminated against in hiring and compensation. More importantly, children
suffer for it.The candidate then should have advocated support for
"equal pay for equal work" legislation, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair
Pay Act.That anyone would try to defend this woman's
embarrassing performance is laughable!
Everyone gets tongue tied at times. Its kind of embarrassing when it happens in
front of so many people. Too bad.
I was embarrassed for her and for our state she was representing, ...but......It was Way funny though!
Perhaps they should do away with intellectual questions and stick to
"what's you favorite color?"These are really for
Hi southmtnman,Which "facts" are you referring to? Research
has shown for over a decade that more than 90% of the raw gender pay gap (the
one reported in the news) is due to relevant differences, including the number
of hours worked, the number of years of tenure, etc.
Actually, southmtnman, this topic is complex and can not be answered as
simplistic as you suggest. There are several factor at play, such as gender
preference in jobs (women tend toward service jobs), women (generally) take time
off to care for the children, and women (generally) don't assert themselves
in asking/demanding higher salaries. There are studies out there showing that
for the same/similar type of job (Engineering for example) that women are paid
the same - all else being equal. There are clearly pockets of discrimination
that still exist, but not to the degree main stream news tends to highlight.
Miss USA, to the best of my knowledge, is not for scholarships. Miss America
is. Also, equal pay for equal work is already the law in every state. This poor girl was given a mouthful to answer in just a few sentences.
It really was an unfair question under the circumstances. Anyway,
since she finished third, even after that bad answer, I have a feeling she
probably would have won if she had done a better job on her answer. They
obviously really liked her.She did her best and I support her.
Regardless of her answer to a true or not true multiple question, she is
stunningly beautiful, perfect figure, with a radiant winning smile. A winner in
Did she plan to compete the last day she could sign up? Gee, then, did she not
have any opinions on anything--at all??? If she were college material of any
caliber, she could have come up with at least one or two thoughts. Perhaps, she
might have opined, it meant that we were remiss in our country for not having
passed and enforced equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. She may have
commented that flexible hours or universal health care would make it possible
for more women to obtain experience to receive equal pay. Did that take long?
And I didn't write it beforehand, either.
Miss Utah dodged a bullet. Giving the correct answer would have been far worse
than what she did as it would have caused much bigger media backlash. This was a
Okay. Here is truly the best answer unless it can be beat:Honey,
what it say's is that this is still a man's world. That's why
I'm up here wearing this bikini. You might what to do something about that
hair if you hope to catch a good man, sweetie...
The answer is simple. Women tend to work as office assistants, or other lower
paying jobs than men do. How hard is that to understand? Do we worry about the
pay disparity between heart surgeons and janitors?
@Milestone and Redshirt1701You see what I mean? Both are correct
answers. Either would have resulted in crucifixion by the media, far worse than
the clumsy attempt at speech she actually made.
From the story: "She's not a dumb person; she's bad at public
speaking. And if she were good at it, nobody would have ever heard of
her."Miss USA needs to be good at public speaking. That is part of the
assignment given. If she can't speak well, then she needs a great coach to
help her with her thought processes.
@southmtnman - If you think it's a good question then it means you
don't understand it. It's obvious the question was created so that
the person asking the question would look intelligent, as if she'd thought
of something smart to ask. But the question is no different from somebody
getting up and giving a speech with a bunch of big words but not really saying
anything worth remembering. Yes, women are underpaid relative to men. Yes, 40%
of households are led by women. Are these related? Who knows but it's
highly likely that they each say something different about society, unless of
course you think the fact that women are underpaid results in 40% of households
being led by women. If Miss Utah were a genius public speaker with more
experience she would have thrown the question back in the face of the judge. I
wish she did.
liberate"@southmtnman - If you think it's a good question
then it means you don't understand it."Interesting for you
to say, considering when Miss Utah got a second chance to answer the question,
she gave essentially the same answer I suggested.Eat crow much?