I figured they were dumping the talent competitions for the Miss USA beauty pageant because, really, it was always about skin, and nobody gave a damn about world peace. Donald Trump said as much about the jury picks and how so many “reall beautiful” women were “passed over” by “incompetent judges” who, I presume, weighed the talent and bogus question categories over silicone implants.

What bugs me is that this year’s skin show is even far surpassing the comfort level of the women being paraded out like cattle at a meat market (I’ve been to a meat market. I know what it looks like. This is it. And I still have very vivid memories of a man in South Africa turning to me at a party and saying, “How many cattle do you think you’re worth?”).

“Contestants will wear more revealing swimsuits on stage following a 2-year contract with Speedo, owned by Warnaco Group Inc. . The one-piece or two-piece suits, worn as bikinis by most competitors, leave little to the imagination and have caused some unease among the contestants, most of whom are aged between 22 and 24.

But organizers are playing down the swimsuits, saying the contest showcases the talents and aspirations of today’s young women who want to make the world a better place and brighten it with their good looks.”

Brighten the world with your good looks, ladies!

After all, that’s all we’re here to do! Be pretty! Make Nice!

I want a beer.

Where’s my parade of male bodies? Men’s bodies can be just as overly scrutinized and just as conflated with sex as women’s – so what’s the deal, guys, where are all the Suicide Boys (not work safe)?

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