Beauty Pageants Feature Article

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Introduction

Issue: Debate has erupted in Australia over these beauty contents as pageant organisers prepare to bring these events to our shores.

Text type: Opinion Piece

Source: The Age

Date: May 4, 2011

Author’s name: Nina Funnel

Contention: Argues that the bizarre world of pageantry is fake and fictitious.

Headline: Sugar and Spice. But all things nice?

Tone: Logical, strong, polished yet slightly colloquial tone

Target Audience: Middle aged working mothers and families.

Body Paragraph

Argument: The mother’s are stupidly ignoring the virtues of motherhood as they place pressure and unwanted stress upon their young children.

Technique:

Evidence, quotes from the show Toddlers and Tiaras provide credibiblity to the piece, providing real images of what the mother’s are like to the reader

Repetition: she lists all the names the mothers gave their children in order to further depict the prejudice judgement that if a name is strange and fake, the parents must be abnormal.

Attack: she denigrates the mothers to be oblivious to exploitive and damaging behaviour they are inflicting upon their children, this forms the reader to perceive pageants as an organisation filled with people who are ludicrous and insensible, therefore viewing pageants to be so too.

2) Argument: pageants will ruin the child’s future and lifestyle due to the cost and financial risks parents feel they have to take.

Techniques:

Appeal to the Hip Pocket nerve: She lists the high costs associating with pageants and mentions what the result would have been if that money was saved.

Repetition: Lists the numerous things that costs money within beauty pageants.

Appeal to family tradition: appeals to the assumption that families should live in a nice home, which has been taken away from children as their mothers spend all their money on pageants

Attack: Attacks the mothers on their ridiculous spending habits, also attacks the...
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