In Washington, male students at Issaquah High School take part in a tournament of rating their female classmates level of attractiveness, in order to vote on who is the hottest girl at their school. This tournament got its inspiration from a popular sports radio station that votes the level of hotness for celebrities. During this tournament, girls are recommended to be dressed to the nines and ready to outshine their fellow female classmates.
This year will be the tournaments 5th year of running. Parents of classmates have tried to put an end to the brutal tournament, but do not have the ability to put a stop to it. The tournament is not held at the high school, so the staff at the school do not have the authority to put an end to it either, King5.com reports.
“This kind of thing is sexualizing us girls like we’re some sort of trophy,” sophomore Devon Keller told the station.
High school is a vulnerable time for a young girl’s self esteem, and tournaments like this just further make them feel at odds with themselves. This type of competition fuels young girls to feel depressed and are greatly impacted by other’s opinions of their looks and body.
“Almost every teenage girl has self-esteem issues,” student Tristan Robinson said. “And doing something like that is absolutely ridiculous.”
The girls also are pitted against their peers and other girls who may have been their friend but are now viewed as their competition.
There is no good that comes out of a tournament like this.
Sarah Niegowski, the district’s spokesperson, doesn’t condone the competition but she did compliment the boys on putting together a well-organized contest.
Niegowski said: “These are pretty smart folks behind this. They know their first amendment rights. They’re very quiet about who it is and the group behind it.”
The students May Madness Facebook page only show photos of the boys attending the school. According to those who have been tracking the contest, the people running it have done a good job in keeping outsiders from accessing the site.
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