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OMG: I just have to wonder, if there was an online contest for, let's say, the top 10 hottest girls on campus would women object to that? I'm not saying there should be a big discussion group about it or anything, just taking the best pic possible of the girls in question, posting the pic and no more information than that, and putting it to a vote.

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  1. only lesbians would object to it

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  2. As long as, in return, full-body pics of the top 10 smallest dicks on campus are posted.

    like are you retarded or something

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    1. Why not get something equivalent in return? Like top 10 hottest guys in campus?

      Are you retarded?

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  3. If they all self-entered, yes I think it would be fine.

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    1. I think that, even if many deny it, most girls are self-entered to some extent. Masturbation is natural.

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    2. 3.a You actually made me laugh out loud, props!

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  4. I see something like this going the way of the Dal fiasco.

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  5. This is a terrible idea. OP, you need to re-assess how you view women.

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  6. As a woman, I find that offensive.

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  7. Though I don't like OPs idea, how come everyone is so upset at it when beauty pageants are EXACTLY the same thing on a city/state/country wide scale?

    Though I don't condone it.. objectification of women in the form of beauty contests has existed for centuries...

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    1. If you don't like/condone the idea, why do you question other people for feeling the same? Is something that happens on a national/historical level justified? You are just as offensive as OP when you claim you oppose it and in the same breath dismiss objections because its a historical practice. Although perhaps unintentionally but no less effectively, you and others like you are probably why our daughters will continue to develop eating disorders and mental health issues in-between show and tell and recess.

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    2. This is a rather poor comparison. To my knowledge, those who enter beauty pageants do so out of there own free will(for the most part). Whereas this idea consists of people photographing any women on campus and posting it online.

      Unless of course I've misinterpreted, then please correct me.

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    3. yeah,except the women voted on aren't doing so WILLINGLY like beauty pageants.

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    4. @7 here.. I was under the impression that the idea was more of-girls of UW willingly post pictures of themselves on a site where the pictures get votes.

      @7a, no need to be so shrewd.. as I mentioned I may have misunderstood the idea. And yes, people like me (as humans) will always be okay with competitions/comparisons whether it's beauty related or about smarts/wits. If comparisons make you insecure then so be it... it's the root of self-improvement.

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  8. Even if it is out of their own free will, it is to receive accolades and recognition, to be valued, based on their physical appearance. This is something that most women try to avoid lest one feels significant pressure to adapt the focus of their self-worth and focus on meeting the demands of the mentality that thinks beauty pageants are a good idea. OP's suggestion is actually LESS offensive than, say, Miss America because Miss American operates on the illusion that it cares about "talents" and refined moral sensibilities, poise, etc. Really, they are commending the women for their willingness to be judged on their capacity to conform to prescribed qualities and values that women should possess.
    So if women want to gain acknowledgement and confidence from going through this process after understanding what it stands for, then they are also part of the problem. No, it isn't just men to blame...
    As for OPs suggestion, women's appearances are assessed on a daily basis in work, on the bus, street, waiting in line and when they look in the mirror. Please understand that it is as much tiresome as it is offensive to suggest that we might like another avenue to offer ourselves up for sizing.

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    1. > So if women want to gain acknowledgement and confidence from going through this process after understanding what it stands for, then they are also part of the problem.

      No. It's not women who are the ones valuing each other primarily for their physical attractiveness.

      Doing something like this for the top 10 men on campus is basically unthinkable, something that's only suggested in response to someone claiming this is a great idea for women because they feel entitled to ogling and judging women's physical appearances on campus. WE'RE HERE TO STUDY, NOT TO TICKLE YOUR FANCY. UW IS NOT A GENTLEMAN'S CLUB THAT ADMITS WOMEN JUST SO THE MEN HAVE SOMETHING TO STARE AT.

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    2. Not sure why men's competition would be "unthinkable". Hell, I'm sure the fashion for change type people would be all over this.

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    3. 'Doing something like this for the top 10 men on campus is basically unthinkable'

      Why? If I was one of the guys on the list I'd be flattered (although I doubt I would be on the list...I'm a realist). And if I wasn't I'd shrug my shoulders and get on with my life.

      And as for it turning into a Dalhousie type disaster, I'm not sure that's true, and if there were mods who kept it clean...

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  9. As a woman, I don't find it offensive at all. Why can't people participate in something just for fun without everyone jumping down our throats? If you don't want to take part in a beauty contest, don't. But it doesn't mean that I wouldn't want to, and by boycotting (is that an anti-feminist word? I don't know) things like this, females are taking rights away from females. I hardly think that being on a list of "hottest women" means that you are solely objectified and no man could ever possibly respect you for your personality.

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    1. Your "if you want to participate" is the main part. What if it's just a set of creep shots people take of others and post without their consent, still okay with it?

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    2. No, because that's against the law. OP never said anything about invading someone's privacy and using their images without consent. That's got nothing to do with a Top Ten contest and whether or not it's ok.

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    3. OP said an online contest. How could consent be verified with "no other information" than the picture?

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    4. Op said "taking the best possible pics of the girl in question, posting the pic" which implies the girl didn't enter herself.

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    5. Op said "taking the best possible pics of the girl in question, posting the pic" which implies the girl didn't enter herself.

      No it doesn't.

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  10. No, because that's against the law. OP never said anything about invading someone's privacy and using their images without consent. That's got nothing to do with a Top Ten contest and whether or not it's ok.

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    1. I'm the OP and, yes, thanks, I kind of assumed the 'not using pics without consent' would be self-evident.

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  11. Women don't attend university so that men can objectify and rate them. Women attend university (typically) to get an education and, hopefully, a degree. A contest like this, while you may not intend to do any harm by running it, would just add to the ridiculous notion that women exist to please men and look pretty. If you find a girl attractive then that isn't a problem, but pitting female students against each other for your approval shows a lack of maturity and creates an unwelcoming environment for women who would prefer to be valued for their personality and intelligence, especially at an educational institution. Basically, just don't do it.

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  12. As someone who identifies as a camera I find this post offensive.

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    1. Excuse me, camera is my trigger word. Don't say it. DONT.

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  13. Logic in this thread:

    "not using pics without consent" = men will take creep shots and post them

    "contest for the top 10 hottest girls" = women exist to please men and the only quality that matters is their physical attractiveness

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  14. OP should try posting his/her pic and letting the whole campus rate it :D

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