Don’t [Ms.] It

ms nathan hale

This female version on a Hale classic is trying to star a new tradition

Eli Konsker, Chuck Tookey, Tyler Ung, Daniel Hollowell. Notice anything? They’re all guys.
This is because Mr. Nathan Hale is a male beauty pageant.
Seniors Garrett Lawrence and Lydia Sibborn are attempting to add a new tradition: Ms. Nathan Hale.
Female students will have the opportunity to compete in a brand-new comedy competition on March 18th. This new competition will be run in a similar format to Mr. Nathan Hale, but with a few alterations.
Mr. Nathan Hale, as a male beauty pageant, pokes fun at typical beauty pageants’ conventions. Similarly, Ms. Nathan Hale will be a comedy production specifically, in order to avoid the sexism and objectification inherent in traditional female beauty pageants.
Critiques of female beauty pageants are nothing new,The modern, female beauty pageant dates back to the early nineteenth century, when American showman and businessman P. T. Barnum, who specialized in funhouse shows, hoaxes, circuses, and live curiosities, hosted the first beauty pageant as we know them today. Barnum’s competition, however, was so controversial that it was shut down. The concept persisted, and has since morphed into local, state, national and even international competitions like the Miss America and Miss Universe.
These pageants face constant criticism from feminist and religious fundamentalist groups. The protesters claim that the pageants promote a shallow culture that focuses only on appearance, and that the contests are detrimental to the self confidence of the contestants, and viewers.
“Beauty pageants in and of themselves are sexist,” said Mark Greenway, Language Arts teacher.
Many people consider Mr. Nathan Hale acceptable only because of it’s satirical interpretation of beauty pageants.
Despite Ms. Nathan Hale being aspoof,, many people do not feel that any type of aesthetic-based competition is acceptable.
“[Ms. Nathan Hale] is so stupid. Mr. Nathan Hale is supposed to be making fun of pageant culture,” junior Thea Fanning said of Ms. Nathan Hale, emphasizing the effect of implementing a serious female pageant.
“It kinda ruins the whole point of Mr. Nathan Hale,” an anonymous source said.
Lawrence and Sibborn point out that though much of the humor of Mr. Nathan Hale comes from its satire, much of it is also found in the contestant’s ability to crack jokes and pull off funny stunts. This is something they plan to focus on.
“We want to make it more comedy–as opposed to talent-based,” said Lawrence.
Lawrence and Sibborn think that their project will bring about a platform of equality, instead of stepping backwards from the self-aware satire of Mr. Nathan Hale.
“Ms. Nathan Hale is designed to create a place and opportunity for girls to be celebrated for their humor,” said Sibborn.
Without any place to showcase their talent, many Hale girls will have their comedic talent overlooked. “There are a lot of girls who have cool talents but are underrepresented,” Lawrence said.

Photo by: Emma Owens

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