Do Child Beauty Pageants Create Sexualization?
“Do Child Beauty Pageants Threaten the Realm of Childhood and Innocence?
Every little girl dreams to be beautiful like a princess. Today’s children’s beauty pageants are prejudicial to a child’s development. These pageants can lead to low self-esteem and poor body image. I believe parents should not pressure these children to participate in these type of events. These beauty pageants overly expose little girls, that can eventually lead to a sex offender’s interest. Not only do these problems contribute to sexualization, these children are taught to be rewarded for their looks and appearance, not their personality. It is not right for a childhood to be taken over by superficiality. Kids should not be wearing make-up or worrying about their appearance for a pageant at such a young age. Child beauty pageants are contests judging on poise, looks and confidence. A certain argument supporting these beauty pageants is often used that pageants promote self-esteem in children. This argument only works if you are the winner of the pageant, self-esteem would not be boosted if you lose. Take note not only of the time, effort, and money wasted. The child would feel sad that she was not good enough for the judges.
Laura Buick, organizer of the Little Miss Bayside Pageant says,” The Little Miss Bayside Pageant is not about false teeth, fake tans and over the top rhinestone gowns. We want to encourage children and promote self esteem through a fun and supportive experience.” Pageants are based on children flaunting themselves for judges to get points that are based on their looks, this is not supporting self-esteem. No one feels better about themselves for losing, especially when you are a child and you lost because of your looks, it could be heart breaking for this child. Parents enter their child in beauty pageants because these competitions teach their children valuable life lessons and skills. Pageants can appear to be...
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