Beauty pageants do not serve any apparent purpose in society and even less of a purpose when very young girls are involved. “Beauty pageants transform children into “paedophiliac fantasies” and should be illegal” (Dr Schmidt 2012). Many experts agree that participation in activities that focus on physical appearance at an early age can influence teen and/or adult self-esteem, body image and self-worth. “Struggles with perfection, dieting, eating disorders and body image can take their toll in adulthood” (Martina M 2011). Beauty pageants for young girls mainly focus on the physical beauty of its contestants which does not hold any socially redeeming qualities. Objectifying – or suggesting the most important function of a woman’s body is to be desired – is so unhealthy. If you watch any reality kid pageant show you can see how children are placed under enormous pressure to perform flawlessly. Tears, tantrums and fits frequently result. Because of this, these pageant girls may believe that “parental love or approval is anchored to how perfectly they look or how well they ignite the stage with their presence” (Martina M 2011). The pageants sexualize very young girls, making them think that it is okay to look like adults. The pageants also mainly satisfy the parent’s ego, as the parents are the ones that are more interested in the results than the children. In addition, pageants are extremely expensive and prevent the parents from spending their money on things that really matter. They teach girls that being beautiful is all that matters in life. Given the number of flaws that the pageants have, there is no doubt they have no socially redeeming qualities. Beauty pageants teach very young girls that their value in life comes from their appearance alone. And this should not be tolerated. 2.
There have been so many studies that show this affects everything from self-esteem to how girls do in school and in relationships. When all girls care about is their looks,...
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