Maria Susana Flores Gamez, beauty queen, was competing for Miss Mexico but her fight fell short when her body was found in the middle of a drug war. Flores Gamez was enrolled in a local college and had been modeling and completing pageants for three years. According to the Associated Press beauty queens and Mexico’s violence involving drugs is a common trend, and this is the third instance. “Miss Bala” was arrested for drug acts that were forced on her by gang members. While in 2011 former Miss Sinaloa Laura Zuniga was arrested for suspicion of drugs and weapon infringements.
Javier Valdez is an author of book “Miss Narco” which evaluates the recent trend for young women in Mexico. Valdez says, “It is a question of privilege, power, money, but also a question of need,” said Valdez. “For a lot of these young women, it is easy to get involved with organized crime, in a country that doesn’t offer many opportunities for young people.”
Even young women who are attempting to head down the proper path seem to get held up with major obstacles: drug, violence and war. How can these women better their lives if they do not have opportunities after they win pageants and earn a college degree? These women attempt to use all the resources they can to further themselves from their environment, but it seems to be a pattern that they will fail.
Have you heard of One Billion Rising? Well, if you haven’t you may be shocked to hear about the striking statistics that show that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The One Billion Rising, takes a stand at the one billion women being violated and takes a stance on change by having one billion women dancing, starting a revolution, that is so revolutionary that you can help but join in. This year at Ball State, women everywhere are going to be joining in on this revolutionary experience. Have you heard of the Vagina Monologues? The One Billion Rising is the closing monologue for the Vagina Monologues this year, as the Vagina Monologues celebrate its 15th anniversary. You may think Vagina Monologues, why is this important to me? Check out this video by One Billion Rising and you will see why. I hope to see you all at auditions after Thanksgiving break. No theatre experience necessary. Just a will to dance and start a revolution.