High School “Hot or Not?”

(KING) It’s not the first time it’s happened, but it’s the first time someone is actively fighting back against an online competition that judges high school girls based on their appearance.

Students at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington call the contest “May Madness”. In it, male students vote on which of their female classmates is prettiest.

“There are girls who have not consented to being in this tournament, and whoever is ‘hottest’ or most aesthetically pleasing to these boys wins the match-up and moves on,” said Mount Si junior Elle Wilson.

She feels the contest objectifies women in the worst possible way. That’s why she stared a Gender Equality Club in advance of this year’s May Madness.

“A ton of people came to me like hey, I know you started this, can we do something about May Madness, it’s hurtful, I’ve been hurt by this and want to do something to stop it,” she said.

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