Chinese university stirs controversy for demanding nipple distance in beauty pageant

In China, a beauty contest aimed at crowning 10 university students is being criticized for demanding that the pageant models meet a nipple spacing requirement in which candidates have to have nipples spaced at least 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) apart. Notably, China has hosted 6 (six) Miss World contests in the past nine years, including Miss World 2012. Critics are attacking the requirement publicly by questioning how can beauty standards include breast distance and questioning if the pageant views the women as toys. Read more

One of the major claims at bar in this case deals with gender discrimination. Title IX of the Educations Amendments of 1972 holds that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, except (with certain exceptions within each): 1) Classes of educational institutions subject to prohibition; 2) Educational institutions commencing planned change in admissions; 3) Educational institutions of religious organizations with contrary religious tenets; 4) Educational institutions training individuals for military services or merchant marine; 5) Public educational institutions with traditional and continuing admissions policy; 6) Social fraternities or sororities; voluntary youth service organization; 7) Boy or Girl conferences; 8) Father-son or mother-daughter activities at educational institutions; or 9) Institutions of higher education scholarship awards in “beauty” pageants See

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