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Hey ladies, if you have something to say, you might want to don a bathing suit and coat your teeth in Vaseline before opening your mouth.
That's been an effective tool for Miss California Carrie Prejean. She didn't win the Miss USA title, but the crown on her head has served as the soap box upon which she stands.
Prejean has shared her thoughts on "opposite marriage" and the importance of being "biblically correct" and regaled audiences with the story of the photo shoot on a "windy day" that exposed more of her skin than she would ever dream of.
Any attempt to shut her up is seen as a violation of her First Amendment rights.
Even Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, admitted that it's more than her creative way with words that's causing such a stir.
"If Carrie weren't so beautiful, this never would have come up," he said during a news conference in which he decreed that she could keep her crown. "Carrie is totally beautiful. And her answer, because of that, took on more importance. Unfortunately, that's the way the press works. You should be ashamed of yourselves."
No matter what a woman has to say, it always seems like someone is trying to put a sash over her head, whether she's competing for one or not.
When Sarah Palin was running for vice president, it was hard to think of her as anything besides the Caribou Barbie she was portrayed as.
Michelle Obama — a woman who's not so easily tricked by the gotcha media — isn't exempt from imposed prissiness, either. ABC News made sure to include a description of the first lady's outfit ("a black knee-length dress, with short black cardigan") in a report on her passionate speech about community service.
Not even God-given talent can keep the fashion police at bay. After the audience of "Britain's Got Talent" recovered from the shock that a woman as frumpy as Susan Boyle actually could have a beautiful singing voice, they immediately began to speculate what she might look like with a makeover.
Boyle admits to seeking makeup advice from a friend and covering up some of her gray hair since she took the stage, but she is otherwise content with her "short and plump" self.
"What's wrong with looking like Susan Boyle• What's the matter with that?" she said in the London Times.
Nothing. It's just that while high heels and good looks get you the platform, they also make it easier for others to knock you down.