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"If the Miss France arouse disgust, it is because they appeal to popular France"

2021-10-28T14:20:52.289Z

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE - The association “Dare feminism!” attacked the Miss France competition for labor to have it recognized as work and thus prevent physical discrimination. This popular program is far from being a brake on female emancipation, believes the ...



Vincent Tournier is a lecturer in political science at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies.

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The fight for the emancipation of women has just found a new target: the Miss France competition.

Admittedly, this is not the first time that the Misses are in the crosshairs of feminists, but we believed that this kind of initiative had gone out of fashion, especially at the time of Islamist separatism.

But "Dare feminism!"

dare everything.

By launching legal proceedings, the association intends to eradicate what it considers to be the temple of patriarchy and sexism.

This crusade seems somewhat disproportionate: even the Femen have not thought of it.

But perhaps this should be seen as a reassuring sign: if we are reduced to tracking down sexism to its ultimate limits, it may be a sign that the feminist battle is largely won.

You just have to go and see how the equivalent is going in Saudi Arabia, or how Miss Arab World is going, to understand that our Misses do not play exactly in the same category.

Vincent Tournier

It is indeed hard to believe that the worst of sexist conditioning is being played out in this sweet contest - and so outdated in the age of mass pornography.

The competition has existed since 1920: it did not prevent the right to vote for women, nor the adoption of all provisions in favor of women. The neo-feminists are in the wrong battle. They repeat the same error as with inclusive writing: plunged into their rutted activism, they believe they have identified the ultimate cause of male domination, without seeing all the emancipatory potential that the French language and the Miss France contest hold. You just have to go and see how the equivalent is going in Saudi Arabia, or how Miss Arab World is going, to understand that our Misses do not play exactly in the same category. Not everyone has the same way of conceiving the beauty of women and of paying homage to it.

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However, one flagrant contradiction deserves to be noted: why does the association spare itself from other events which are nevertheless very close to it, such as fashion and haute couture shows?

Why so much ferocity in one case and so much indulgence in the other?

Let us risk an explanation: current feminism is mainly driven by women who occupy the top of society and who condescendingly regard a people with whom they feel they have totally broken.

The neo-urban and graduate elites intend to purge the country of all its vulgar and backward passions.

Vincent Tournier

Neo-feminism thus joins a form of class struggle to which is added an anti-national coloring: if the Miss France arouses disgust, it is because they appeal to popular France, old France, that villages and TF1. Here we find the same phenomenon as with the Tour de France, the Christmas tree or the automobile, so many points of detestation for the neo-urban and graduate elites who intend to purge the country of all its vulgar and backward passions. The progressives are thirsty for a break: they no longer want to have anything to do with this franchouillard proletarian universe which they detest and which they consider to have left. The enemy is designated: it is the national culture of the poor.

There is, however, more serious. Dare feminism attacks Miss France in the name of labor law on the basis that this show is based on discrimination in the choice of candidates, who must respect criteria of age, weight, height, appearance (no tattoo or piercing), morality (no pornography) or personal life (they must not be married or in civil partnership). Let us also add that young women must not have been associated with political and religious demonstrations.

We will see what justice says.

It is not impossible that, in an excess of zeal, the judge decides to transpose the jurisprudence of the Court of Cassation which, in 2013, sanctioned the competition of Mister France.

Such a transposition is always possible even if it is not obvious since the device set up for men was very different from its female counterpart.

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But the key point is elsewhere. What Dare feminism does not say is that the Miss France contest sets another condition for the candidates: they are prohibited from having had recourse to cosmetic surgery (except in the case of reconstructive surgery, after an accident) . However, this condition is fraught with meaning: it means that women must accept themselves as they are, that they cannot submit to beauty criteria imposed on them from the outside, that they cannot harm or endanger themselves, even if they want to.

This condition is fundamental because it reflects a certain conception of freedom: everything is not possible in the name of the individual will.

However, it is precisely the opposite choice which is made by another competition: Miss Esthétique.

This new competition, which will begin in early 2022, prides itself on being the anti-Miss France.

He therefore intends to be open to all women, which leads him to remove all selection criteria, with the exception of morality.

Small, fat, elderly, tattooed or veiled women will therefore be able to participate, but also, and this is the key point, those who have had recourse to cosmetic surgery.

The price itself will consist of a check for 15,000 euros to access cosmetic surgery sessions.

For neo-feminists, the only genuine emancipation consists in giving women their total freedom, even if this freedom leads them to submit to the regressive and patriarchal norms of their environment.

Vincent Tournier

We can assume that, for an association like Dare feminism, this Miss Aesthetic contest will be much more acceptable than the traditional Miss France.

Here, there is almost no discrimination.

Each does what she wants, comes as she sees fit.

Inclusiveness reigns, including for women who indulge their most harmful inclinations for themselves by undergoing operations of physical transformation.

Between the Miss France and the Miss Aesthetics, there are therefore two opposing conceptions of freedom: for the former, freedom must be framed and regulated in order to prevent the person from doing what he wants;

for the latter, on the contrary, it must allow all desires to be expressed without limit.

It is no coincidence that “Dare feminism!”, Which intends to crack down on discrimination, ardently defends the veil and the burkini, which some might consider as a far more marked incarnation of sexism and patriarchy than the parade of Miss.

But for neo-feminists, the only genuine emancipation consists in giving women their total freedom, even if this freedom leads them to submit to the regressive and patriarchal norms of their environment or their group to which they belong.

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In this regard, Miss France is based on a completely different logic, more in line with a certain republican tradition: the individual will is not always good in itself, and the law aims to prohibit or restrict anything that can undermine the dignity or freedom of the person.

Note, moreover, that if the neo-feminists readily insist on the free will of women (including the freedom to veil themselves), they are careful not to apply this reasoning to Miss France, who could also assert their right to word and consider that they are attached to this competition.

If we add to this that the Miss France parade with the same outfits - another emblem of the republican tradition in its assimilationist version - we understand that a deep rage surrounds this competition and causes a desire to eradicate it.

This is also another reason not to let him die.

Long live the Misses!

Source: lefigaro

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