Possibly of interest on a few levels.
This morning, I stumbled accross the linked news story about a trans women being disqualified from Canada's Miss Universe Pageant for publicly acknowledging that she is trans. I thought this topic might be of interest to our class for two reasons. The first being that Jenna's disqualification illustrates how much tranphobia is a part of the cultural landsape of many western countries and how little understanding there seems to be about trans identities.
The second is that beauty pageants have long been a hot bed issue for feminism as feminist activists protesting the Miss America pageant in 1968 recieved national news coverage. In fact, I believe that it was that protest that led to the misconception that femnists burn their bras, as a threat to do so was made at the protest. The women protesting the pageant in 1968 were protesting the way that women were viewed as objects and cut off from many potential careers. Even though the protests drew a good deal of attention, it seems like little has changed in the world of pageantry since then, and I think that Jenna's story illustrates that.