June 22, 2018

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Entry from June 8, 2018

“We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance,” says Gretchen Carlson of the Miss America Pageant — excuse me, “Competition.” It sounds like a joke, or perhaps a Buddhist koan: when is a beauty pageant not a beauty pageant? When it doesn’t judge you on your outward appearance. Not so long ago, the media would have treated this like a joke — because it is a joke — but now The New York Times merely nods with approval at what it sees as yet another advance for “women,” which is their word for “feminism.” As anyone who has read a newspaper in the last two or three years knows, in the re-tooling of the industry to produce propaganda instead of news, any lingering sense of irony, or even of the absurd, has disappeared. Up until now, one might have hoped for the damage to be limited to the explicitly political, but we now have to accept that everything is political, and nothing more so than “the objectification of women,” formerly known as the recognition by both sexes of female beauty. Full Entry

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