Letter: Showcase more serious issues

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After reading the May 27 story “Poised for pageant: Miss Washington USA prepared to compete for national title in Las Vegas,” I found myself highly disappointed and, in fact, quite embarrassed for the state of Washington.

Not only are pageants an archaic and completely outdated form of competition, but our contestant, Angelina Kayyalaynen, seems to exemplify stereotypical ideas of pageant girls. When asked what she was most excited for, she replied with, “I’m ready to show how fit I am.”

Washington’s young women need a role model who not only has an accurate view of the world, but also realizes that physical beauty amounts to nothing when compared with intelligence.

Kayyalaynen has chosen Washington’s abstinence-only program AWARE as her “platform” so to speak, and, laughably, wants to tackle the issue of “sexting.”

However ineffective AWARE’s efforts may be, maybe she should confront the real issue they try to prevent: teen pregnancy.

In comparison to “sexting” and pornography, teen pregnancy continues to permeate society and cause actual problems that not only affect families and teens, but taxpayers as well.

Alexandria Denny

Vancouver