Jeff Bottari, FR170524AP
Miss Utah Marissa Powell walks onstage during the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

Recent "Miss Utah" publicity should turn our attention to a bigger issue: Why are we still doing this? A society that pits women in a contest of physical attractiveness ultimately objectifies women and sends unhealthy messages to the rising generation, boys and girls. There are no benefits from beauty pageants that can't be attained another way. Let's part with this vestige of a more shallow society and honor all women for who they are, not what they look like in a bathing suit.

Garret Roundy

Cottonwood Heights