Thursday, July 23, 2009

Judging Women, Judging Livestock

Gwen over at Sociological Images posted this little 1950s chart about judging the bodies of women for beauty contests. She also provides the comparable livestock charts and makes the connection to her childhood experience with judging livestock in the 4-H club.

I wonder if we'll ever get an apology for what has been done to girls and women. At this point, progress would be a simple acknowledgment that it has been and is being done, along with some semblance of an effort to STOP IT! Obviously we are a very long way from being there.

1950s Beauty Pageant Judging Guidelines:

ALL FIGURED OUT–This chart is used by judges as [a] guide in picking Miss Universe. First six show figure flaws, seventh is perfectly proportioned. (1) Shoulders too square. (2) Shoulders too sloping. (3) Hips too wide. (4) Shoulder bones too pronounced. (5) Shoulders and back hunched. (6) Legs irregular, with spaces at calves, knees, thighs. (7) The form divine, needs only a beautiful face.