Until I started getting misdirected emails a few years ago I never knew there was a Ms. Senior America pageant.
Yes seriously, the objectification of women now goes into our golden years. Is this what we have to look forward to?
Sorry but I think it is ridiculous.
Anyway all of a sudden a few years ago I ended up, or my email address ended up on a Ms. Senior America Pageant list for their Oklahoma chapter. And here I thought Oklahoma was reserved for Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman. But it’s not. There are also pageant queens from 3 to 99. Who knew?
Anyway, for the past few years I’ve been getting these emails. I alternately go through phases of I contact the sender and say please take me off your email list I’m not who you think I am, to blocking their email addresses, to just deleting the emails. These emails are like a bad case of poison ivy they just endure.
So yesterday I got this email:
I see that you have two new contestants for the 2016 pageant. I am
so excited about that. We will have a good fun pageant. Senior
ladies that are still active impresses me. You are a beautiful
woman that still cares about your appearance. I think that is so
As you know I was able to arrange a nice facility for our 2016
pageant. I did that by phone and email while I am in Palms
Springs. Carol and I are in touch often making plans for the 2016
I would love to see contestants go to National for the finals even
if they aren’t crowned Queen. I have been able to go to most of
the National Finals since 2008 to support our Queen. I was a
contestant in Palms Springs, Calif., then a volunteer. I am a
Cameo member here as well as Oklahoma. Calif. Cameo Club inspires
me. They are so active.
I kept Googling. Ms. Senior America is Serious Business. Check out this article I just found in Colorado where they are presently seeking contestants to compete in the national pageant in (of course) Atlantic City.
Supposedly they exist to make senior women feel better about themselves? I have never *understood* beauty pageants so I definitely do not get this. I look at my mother who quite stylish as a “senior” and try to imagine her doing something like that. Oh my how her eyes would roll at the concept.
Anyway, this time the beauty queens got crabby me. How hard is it to correct an email list after all? I told them this has been going on for years at this point.
This is what I got back from “national”:
This is not coming directly from our organization. Each states is independently run. I will reach out to the Oklahoma Admin. and relate this issue to her. I apologize for any inconvenience but I would imagine it is a computer error and I will ask her to please rectify the error ASAP. Thank You for your patience and understanding,
Umm yes. Patience and understanding? Ok but seriously lady, this has been a computer error of a few years duration.
It’s frustrating and it’s also like receiving someone else’s personal mail left opened in your mailbox. I would just rather not.
My friends find this hysterical and somewhat unbelievable. I don’t think that is what the pageant goddesses are going for.
I predict some day we will see Sarah Palin in Ms. Senior Alaska…that I would pay good money to see. Caribou Barbie and all that jazz. But what would be her talent portion of the pageants? (But I digress.)
Anyway, here’s hoping the geriatric Barbies finally remove me from their pageant list. I am just not the tiara type.
Oh and FYI from the Miss Senior Pennsylvania Facebook Page:
Ms. Senior PA Pageant is a pageant to emphasize honor women who have reached the “Age of Elegance.” It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans, the foundation of America.
And the bannner of the page is a lady of a certain age in sweats, a tiara, sneakers….in front of farm animals.
Sorry I just can’t get my head wrapped around this. It is like observing a parallel universe.
The moral of this story is watch where your emails go AND you never know where a misdirected email will end up.