Indonesia Axes Bikinis for 2013 Miss World Pageant
Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday.
All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs instead of the sexy bikinis that are historically part of the competition, said Adjie S. Soeratmadjie of the RCTI, the official broadcaster and local organizer.
Parts of the pageant will take place on the resort island of Bali and the final round will be held Sept. 28 near the capital, Jakarta. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country.
“There will no bikini in this year’s Miss World pageant to respect our traditional customs and values,” Soeratmadjie said, adding that the London-based Miss World Organization is on board with the decision.
This is the 21st Century. Do we really need women parading around in bikinis in such archaic institutions of the patriarchy? Beauty contests and especially swimsuit competitions are an anachronism. It’s past time for them to go.
On the other hand they are voluntary. No one is forced to participate or watch. They certainly are no worse than the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. So while I think we could do without them, I’m not in favor of actually doing anything about them.
But this isn’t about feminism or the proper role of women in modern society. This is about imposing Islamic religious beliefs on others. The people who are behind this are not feminists and their view of women is stuck in the 7th Century. They don’t want to free women, they want to enslave them.