When Iraqi-born Huda Falah, 18, won Denmark's first Miss Headscarf competition earlier this month because of "her blue headscarf and her beautiful, irresistible style," many Danes simply smiled, shrugged and moved on.
Others saw the pageant as emblematic of the growing influence of Islam in Denmark and what some perceive as its anti-democratic and woman-hostile spirit.
"The headscarf symbolises that women are inferior to men (and) I don't think this is something we should promote through a beauty competition," Inger Stoejberg, a high-ranking member of Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Liberal Party said in a newspaper interview ahead of the pageant.
Now that may or may not be a valid argument, depending on where you fall on the political spectrum, but am I the only one who thinks we, as women, should be MORE offended by having our daughters and sisters pranced around in bathing suits and high heels for these beauty (oh, sorry, SCHOLARSHIP) pageants?Â I mean, so what if some folks in the Muslim community want to hold their own pageant?Â How is this so much more offensive than the traditional beauty pageant?Â
I mean, do men look at beauty queens and say "WOW!Â Boy, does she seem like a strong-minded, self-reliant, liberated woman!"Â NO!Â There is a reason the swimsuit portion of the pageant is the most popular:Â pretty girls in bathing suits.Â Do we think that somehow having young girls strut on stage in high heels with all of their...eh hem...ASSets showing is anything but demeaning to women?Â
Pot.Â Allow me to introduce you to Kettle.