By now, you have heard and seen various publications tear into the newly-crowned Miss USA by ripping into her answers for questions she was asked on stage. Kára McCullough, who represented the District of Columbia, has been torn apart for both her answers towards whether she considered herself a feminist and whether healthcare was a right or a privilege.
For those of you who have not seen the clip, here is her answer to the health care question:
“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”
And, here is her answer to the feminist question:
“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism. I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace. And I say firsthand: I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences, as well as just in the office environment. So as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.”
Let’s tackle one at a time. When it comes to health care, there are two sides: right or privilege. Those who feel it is a right preach that simply living should not be something held against a person when seeking out care for their bodies. In other words, living as a breathing human being should not make health care a “want.”
Those who view it as a privilege argue that, just like any other profession, a health care provider should not be demanded to provide care to individuals. We do not have a right to demand they work for anyone and everyone, so health care is a privilege. Some take it a step further and say that health care is a privilege because it was someone’s personal choice to disregard the care of their bodies, so if destroying their health is their choice, then they have automatically forfeited a right to help because it was their negligent actions that put them there in the first place.
That is why so many bristled at her “privilege” stance: because she was stating that, as a representative of the United States of America, that it was someone’s choice to destroy their body and, therefore, they do not have a basic human right to afford intervention.
Now, let’s take a look at the feminism answer: it is easy to see that the type of “feminism” that she was referring to was the stereotypical “man-hating feminism.” However, if you have to “transpose” feminism to equalism, then you have a false foundation from the beginning. Feminism, in its base form, is equalism. No transposition needs to be taken place. By stating that, it infers that the foundation of her feminist beliefs are somehow not rooted in being equal to men. The truth is that many sects of feminism are rooted in man-hate and completely rally against the original intentions of the feminist movement.
However, not considering yourself a “die-hard” feminist implies that you are no longer willing to fight the fight for women who have not seen equality simply because you have found yours.
As a woman who is about to be representing the United States of America, I would be interested to know what her feminist beliefs are rooted in.
With controversial questions come controversial answers, but if you were wondering why people are so upset at her answers, then there it is.
You can watch her performance below and judge for yourself.
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