Why Child Beauty Pageants Should Be Banned

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It may seem like dazzling gowns, gorgeous hair and make-up and sparkling tiaras are

fairytales came true. However, without even young girls understanding the situation, this

fairytale turns into a disaster in child beauty pageants. Pageants are ubiquitous, in the USA,

2.5 million girls participate in pageants every year. By working hard to make their families

happy and to maintain this new sense of entertainment, ironically,little girls pay high prices in

various aspects. 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. For instance, instead of being happy that their

baby teeth is gone and the tooth fairy will come as a 5 year-old girl, the girls who do pageants

experience anxiety and try to hide the emptiness of baby teeth with flippers so that they can be

more sexy and reach to the shown ‘’beauty standard’’.Moreover, hypersexual...

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