Is Greg Thom scared of feminists? It does seem that way, given his piece in the Herald Sun: Feminists attack multimedia beauty pageant where men vote on bikini-clad women.
FEMINISTS have attacked a multimedia beauty pageant in which men cast votes on bikini-clad women.
The thing is, I have to applaud him for his first sentence. For once, the protagonist in a news story is given top billing. It makes a nice change from “Three schoolgirls have been raped by a man,” which makes the story about the victims, not the criminal. (And why are they always schoolgirls who are sexually assaulted, not girls? Is it so people will think about schoolgirl fantasies, so they’ll believe the girls somehow asked for it by wearing their school uniforms?)
A reel of still images and video produced for each one will then be shown as part of a Miss Universe-style fashion show on digital TV channel ONE HD, broadcast on the web, in 300 live venues around the country, and streamed to iPhone users.
The whole thing being streamed to iPhone users does seem a little sleazy – rather than looking at the women on your computer at work, you can go and bat off in the toilet.
Contestant Alana de Freitas does make a very good point though:
Criticism from women’s groups was misplaced, she said. “A lot of the girls use their profiles to draw attention to charities and things,” she said. “Just because you’ve got some photos of yourself in a bikini doesn’t mean you’re not a good person or you don’t care about the world.”