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Beauty pageants banned in Argentine city over sexism

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 08:31 UTC
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State-sponsored beauty pageants illegal in Chivilcoy, Argentina State-sponsored beauty pageants illegal in Chivilcoy, Argentina

Chivilcoy first place in the country to prohibit government agencies to sponsor these events and discourage potential private organizers

 The Argentine city of Chivilcoy in the province of Buenos Aires became the first in the country to ban beauty pageants from the local festivities organised by the City Hall on the grounds that those contests reinforce the idea that women are to be valued and rewarded exclusively for their looks based on “stereotypes” that are a “sexist and discriminatory practice.”

The new ordinance prohibits all City Hall-sponsored beauty pageants and sets for the local authorities to carry out activities of “concientization and sensitivization to discourage potential private organizers from holding similar events which could lead to gender violence and

The by-law also mandates that the contest usually held during the celebrations of the anniversary of the foundation of Chivilcoy be replaced with a prize for people between the ages of 15 and 30 who have individually or colectively stood out in activities of solidarity aimed at improving the quality of life” either in urban or rural parts of the county during the previous year.

Mayor Dario Speranza, of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's FPV ruling party, has long expressed his support to the bill for a city 100 miles west of Buenos Aires, down Road 5. The initiative was voted for by 12 of the 17 members of council present.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • Orbit

    Magic mirror on the wall,
    who is the fairest one of all?
    Famed is thy beauty, Majesty.
    But hold, a lovely maid I see.
    Rags cannot hide her gentle grace.
    Alas, she is more fair than thee.
    Ban those damn pageants!
    Yes your Majesty.

    Dec 22nd, 2014 - 09:58 am 0
  • SebaSvtz

    Argentina, a funny place indeed.

    But, hey, this is the country where criminals run on the loose, while honest people live behind bar and get jail time if they dare to resist an attack and wound or kill a criminal.

    Argentina, the land where local taxpayers get nothing in return, but illegal immigrants get health care for free.

    Argentina, where former terrorists get compensations and appointments in public offices.

    Argentina, where corrupt officials make fun of everybody.

    Argentina, where so-called human rights supporters get public money without any control, just for clapping the current gov.

    Argentina, where a beauty pageant has to be banned, yet you may be fined if you don´t call a shemale “a lady”

    Argentina ... what happened to you?


    Dec 22nd, 2014 - 11:04 am 0
  • lsolde

    Argentina, it would have been better for you to have been in our empire.
    Even lndia is doing better than you.

    Dec 22nd, 2014 - 11:13 am 0
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