Are Beauty Pageants Harmful?
I. As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which means that someone or something may be attractive and eye-catching to one person, but completely unattractive to another person. If we lived in a perfect world, maybe everyone would follow the wise words of this old saying and admit that evaluating beauty is a subjective practice. (Bartell, Jeffery) Unfortunately, none of us live in a perfect world and the society that does exist feels some strong need to turn every aspect of people’s lives into a competition. It is well known that competitions, in general, are healthy. However, there is one competition that should be drastically discouraged, if not eliminated entirely, and that competition is for the prize of Beauty Queen. I do not have a problem with beauty pageants. As a girl I always like watching them and wishing one day I could grow up and be that pretty. Now, being the age I am and realizing that women like that do not just wake up one day and are ready to be crowned Miss America. Not just being born with natural beauty, they devote most of their time on their appearance and sometime go to the drastic measures. I do feel that beauty pageants are harmful because the set standards on the way that all women should look, and it does not work that way. Even girls from the ages of 5-16 are having the pressure f\put on them. Beauty pageants are an unnecessary element in society simply because they objectify women, set unrealistic beauty standards for a large audience of young girls, who will do anything to look like they are supposed to because that is what the “in” to do is, and encourage judging others on appearance, rather than on a person's character. Body
I. Beauty pageants objectify women.
A. There are many instances in society in which women are seen as objects of sexual interest, and beauty contests strongly promote this negative aspect. 1. After watching beauty...
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