On today’s Comment is free, I write about the positives in Miss USA’s win:
Although Fakih has won the Miss USA crown, she’ll never win everybody over. American conservatives are foaming at the mouth about her spurious connections to Hezbollah, and many feminists are disapproving of her win because it came from another sexist doll factory. Women like Fakih face double trouble when they achieve any type of success: she’s a win for Arab-Americans, but a loss for women in general. She represents the diverse facets of Muslim Americana, but she also represents the impossible cultural standards that women in this country are supposed to live up to.