When I heard that Miss Teen USA competition was nixing the bikini portion of the show, my jaw dropped. Even so, beauty pageants still have a very long way to go, because let's face it, looks are still a big part of this competition. Here are 7 other reasons why we still think beauty pageants are sexist and backwards.

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They are still about beauty 1

They are still about beauty

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Say what you want, but there’s a reason why they’re called beauty pageants in the first place and that’s because the majority of the criticism and judgement these women receive, is based on how they look. It's sad but true reality. 

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Women are silent 2

Women are silent

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If you pay attention, the only time beauty pageant contestants speak is when they are asked a question. The majority of the show features women walking up and down a stage, posing, smiling, and waving. Silencing women is as sexiest as it gets. 

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It sends a dangerous message 3

It sends a dangerous message

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Beauty pageants perpetuate a harmful message to women and young girls, that you have to have a certain type of beauty to achieve true success. It's wrong on so many levels.

It only shows a certain kind of beauty 4

It only shows a certain kind of beauty

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Sure, there are women of color but ever noticed how similar a lot of the girls look? I’m talking no curvy girls, no girls with scars or disabilities, or even curly hair girls. The majority of the contestants still have European-like facial features, slim bodies, big boobs, and long straight hair. 

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They’re all glamed up 5

They’re all glamed up

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Most women don’t wear this much hairspray, extensions, falsies, or makeup in real life. Let’s get some real, natural-looking women in here. Beauty doesn’t have to always mean glammed up. 

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The women are all thin 6

The women are all thin

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Seeing a stage filled with tall, thin women when you’re a short, curvy girl can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. 

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They don’t talk enough about women’s issues 7

They don’t talk enough about women’s issues

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I’d love to see the day I can watch a beauty pageant and see them talk about things like the fight against Planned Parenthood, abortion, the gender wage gap, and other important women’s issues. We’ve seen them talk about it in small doses but never full blown.