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Pageant Contestants Broke The Rules On Live TV For A Very Powerful Reason

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The treatment of women by society as a whole is a hot-button issue at the moment. Between an alarmingly large number of celebrities being accused of sexual harassment and assault, the constant debate about access to things like birth control and family-planning services, and portrayals of women in popular media, it feels at times like it's never been harder to be a girl.

One industry that has definitely felt a large amount of push-back from these debates has been that of beauty pageants. A longtime tradition worldwide for decades, these events have come under fire by many groups for supposedly promoting the most superficial aspects of women and essentially turning them into objects. While this isn't a new debate, it definitely feels more timely than ever.

With this in mind, the contestants at the recent Miss Peru event decided to take their country's stance on gender violence seriously and do something about it, in an especially impressive protest...

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