Miss USA: Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, contemplates gender inequality (video)
TO the MISS USA contests, where Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, is contemplating gender inequality. Competitors of beauty pageants are given a rough time, frequently. Not wanting to buck the trend, we’re going to point and laugh at a young woman trying to talk and think at the same time while being stared at by loads of people who want her to fail.
Marissa Powell was competing in Las Vegas when she was asked by host Nene Leakes:
“A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”
The answer is, of course, “Life is unfair and we need to stop the patriarchal ideas that ensure women remained underpaid, but then, that patriarchy keeps Miss USA in business, so I’d be out of a gig now, wouldn’t I bucko? So the answer is: Don’t ask a question like to someone who just wants to wear a tiara, okay?”
Naturally, Powell couldn’t say that, so she struggled and struggled, with her mouth doing it’s best to fill the gaps while her brain whirred.
“I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to… figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and I think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this and so we need to try and figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem.”
Of course, Marissa didn’t win the title, which went to Erin Brady, who used to be Miss Connecticut.