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  • Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle

    Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle
    The Miss America Pageant: good thing or bad thing? In this well-researched, compellingly written, page-turner of a memoir/journalistic exposé, former Miss America Kate Shindle says it's both: "The largest provider of scholarships for women in the world" and an inept, backward organization that "simply doesn't do much to brand itself except put young women in crowns on television." Full disclosure: Like many feminists of a certain age, I grew up a vociferous opponent of the whole Miss America megillah.
  • Miss America accused of hazing sorority pledges

    Miss America accused of hazing sorority pledges
    Miss America Kira Kazantsev has been accused of hazing sorority pledges during her time as a sister in Alpha Phi at Hofstra University, according to the Washington Post. An anonymous tipster told feminist news site Jezebel that when she was the...

    'John Oliver bounce' benefits Chicago-based women's engineering group

    'John Oliver bounce' benefits Chicago-based women's engineering group
    Call it the power of investigative comedy. Or, as the Chicago-based Society of Women Engineers refers to it, "the John Oliver bounce." On Sunday night, Oliver, the host of the popular HBO news satire show "Last Week Tonight," presented tax filings in...

    Miss America admits sorority hazing, denies severity of accusations

    Miss America admits sorority hazing, denies severity of accusations
    Newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev isn't saying she never hazed anyone at her sorority, but she's denying the details alleged in a recent report that brought to light the fact she'd been kicked out of Alpha Phi at Hofstra University. "All I can...

    A history of abusive hazing won't stop Miss America from moving on

    A history of abusive hazing won't stop Miss America from moving on
    The mean girl won the beauty pageant. What a shock. On Sept. 14 in Atlantic City, Kira Kazantsev became Miss America 2015. The contest featured nothing out of the ordinary: boobs, bikini butt glue and, of course, talent. (Well, talent. Kazantsev...