It’s hard to believe that the JonBenet Ramsey case took place almost 20 years ago. For those of you that don’t remember (or weren’t alive yet!), JonBenet Ramsey was just 6 when she was found murdered in the basement of her home. Police also noted that this poor girl’s vagina showed signs of damage.
She was a frequent participant in beauty pageants, encouraged by her mother.
Her parents were suspects from the start, since there were no signs of forced entry into the home. However, there was never enough convincing evidence to convict them, even though the jury wanted to.
Whether or not her parents killed her, this case is an extreme example of what happens when we objectify women. A person has value, respect, and worth. An object exists for our use and entertainment, and is discarded and replaced once we are tired of it. JonBenet was subject to a high degree of objectification, dressing up for pageants and getting made up the way a grown woman would. She was placed on a grown up pedestal way before she was ready, and paid a huge price for it.
At this point, we’ll probably never know what happened to her. But if there is any lesson to be learned, we should all realize that our value extends beyond the way we look, and that pageants and the BS that go along with them only celebrate ONE part of who we are.
- JonBenet Ramsey Case: Grand Jury Voted To Indict Parents, But Boulder DA Refused To Prosecute (huffingtonpost.com)