Even though that beauty pageants are a good way for girls to make friends. Beauty pageants are harmful to young children and they should not be able to compete until adulthood because beauty pageants teach kids that outer beauty is more important than inner beauty and beauty pageants pose a threat to the safety of children. Many young girls are forced to wear preposterous outfits and enormous amounts of makeup that deny them of their innocence at a young age. Beauty contests are meant more for adult women who are mature enough to understand all that’s going on and can handle losing competitions to the other contestants. Children should not be able to compete in pageants because of the harmful effects on self-confidence and character.
Can anyone actually justify judging someone by their physical appearance? Although parents enjoy seeing their little girls in the spotlight all dolled up, most children don’t enjoy the pageant experience as much as the parents, and this vicarious living is dangerous, and the pageants have the capability of exploiting the children. Beauty pageants have a background of treating women disrespectfully and as if they are not equal. Women’s bodies are seen as objects of beauty as if we are just here to parade around for others. Today’s pageants are still set up in the same direction even for the youngest contests.
It does not help the young girls self-esteem; it is damaging them morally in the real sense that they are real people that are being taught looks are important. There is other activities to build up a childs self-esteem other than beauty pageants as parents believe; such as dancing, sports or acting lessons. Especially the younger children who get influenced faster, are taught to be more beautiful on the outside than the inside. For example, lots of the girls on the show and in local beauty pageants usually tan, wear wigs, wear false eyelashes, fake nails and makeup. What is this teaching them?
We should be teaching little girls that beauty can be seen in everyone and not by how much make up someone wears. Superficially the pageants can be seen as entertaining for those watching, but the long-term effects on the young girls involved are very damaging. The way these children see their body in a negative way is a major after-effect from the desire to look picture-perfect. Young girls can become ill due to the type of diets required for pageants and affect their eating habits for the rest life. Child beauty pageants may appear, at first glance, to be beautiful and stylish, but when examined on a greater level, the hazards and negativity that these children face become increasingly obvious and ultimately changes their lives for the worst.
Many people are against beauty pageants, because people think that pageants are sexist, judgmental, and degrading of women. Do beauty pageants still serve their purpose in society? Yes, many contestants gain a lot by doing pageants. Contestants of any age and gender have their benefits from doing pageants. “Three parents who were interviewed put their children into pageants because they have birth defects.
There have been many arguments about the negative effects that beauty pageants bring to their contestants and to society. Many mothers of toddler contestants and adult contestants themselves spend more money on beauty pageants and preparing for beauty pageants than they do on education. Beauty pageants bring emotion and societal harm to their contestants. They should be stopped because they cause body dissatisfaction, self-esteem issues, and interfere with healthy child development.
They want their children to succeed, and that blinds them. Supporters of pageants do not acknowledge the severe effects that these contests can have on a child. They may be oblivious to the immediate and long term effects. Pageants can influence the way a contestant lives their entire life, not just their pageant performances. Though these parents may agree with pageants they do not agree with the harming of children.
Even though some say pageants are just for fun, beauty pageants in America should be limited due to the emotional and physical stress that is being put on young girls. There are so many confidence issues teenagers have to go through but when one is placed into pageants from a young age, those issues of confidence are compounded beyond what is normal. “Pageants, particularly those designed for young children; focus primarily on appearance, attire and perceived cuteness” (Villines). These young girls, most of the time, are being forced to look and act a certain way by their parents. Whether a child is willingly participating in pageants, or is coerced by a parent to participate, they primary focus is on beauty and that means a parents focus is on beauty too.
To put a ban on the pageants is not the answer for solving the problems of what happens to the children and what they go through. The blame isn’t on only the pageants but the parents as well. The parents are the ones paying for the pageants and pushing the children. Although some have benefitted from pageants and become famous most of these girls are being put through “hell”, are sexualized, and then begin to stress and worry about appearance at young ages. In contrast with the previous piece about France banning pageants, the US is very unlikely to do so.
Child beauty pageants should be banned not only because they sexualize girls and lead to mental problems but also they endanger toddler’s physical health. In the first place, since hypersexualization in pageants takes away the beauty of childhood,disrupts mental capacity and is linked to unhealthy sexuality, pageants should be banned. As Dr.Robyn Silverman says ‘’Pageants ask little girls to grow up and adhere to a standard that is not natural to them-that what is natural and beautiful is being older than they are.’’(Morgan) Although looking sexy is meant for adulthood, young girls who participate in pageants look very sexually appealing and grown-up with caked on make-up, revealing outfits,high-heels,hair extensions,fake eyelashes and spray tan. The parents and coaches urge these young girls to put on sexy outfits and move provocatively. Nonetheless,by doing that, they transform young girls into sexual robots.