Monday, April 27, 2009


Sensationalism is a part of American media culture, and ever so often a polarizing issue arises that pits the two largest U.S "Culture War Factions" in immediate and hostile opposition. During the Miss USA Pageant this year that issue arose when Perez Hilton asked Miss California Carrie Prejean the following controversial question in which her response has been linked to her loss: "Vermont became the 4h state to legalize gay marriage; do you think every state should follow suit?" This would not have been an issue had it not been for the blog posted by Hilton in which he called her a B****. It is not uncommon for many women in this society to use the B-Word to describe an arrogance within one another, and in those situations it is not treated as so egregious (or at least not viewed in such hostility). It is only when large groups of women want to stand up and isolate someone (namely men) when they make the usage of the B-Word a major factor.
If we as a society have decided to ban the use of the N-Word, even among black men and women who find it's use acceptable within the confines of their own communities, then the same should apply to women (even when they are within the confines of their own 'inner group meetings'). If this will not be the case then all of the hype surrounding the Miss USA Pageant is "much ado about nothing!"

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