Imagine living in a world where life revolves around spray tans, botox, fake eyelashes, and young girls walk around in inappropriate outfits. Most girls are pressured to be perfect in the society of beauty pageants. Many of the children’s parents are making their children grow up too fast. These parents pressuring their children can lead to bad communication skills, as well as bad relationships. Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships.
Also, “While you’d think pageant parents would know better, ugly rivalries between them often emerge in the competitive field. Instead of fostering a sense if camaraderie between the children, many moms target their child’s biggest competitor with gossip and criticism” (“4 Reasons to Keep Your Daughter Out of Children’s Beauty Pageants”). A child's biggest role model is their parents. So when kids see their mom being disrespectful and rude, they think that it’s okay to act this way. Overall, some people are under the impression that child beauty pageants are beneficial, but really they teach children to be too
The public is raising questions about whether it is good for children to think of how good they should look and how important is the external beauty. Is it possible for a child to distinguish between the black and white? Due to these problems, public is having a hot debate on whether child beauty pageants should be ban. To my view, child beauty pageants should definitely be banned. Child beauty pageants seem to be influential to the mind of the children, as it is associated with a lot of effects, like psychological effects, hypersexualization, etc.
How many of you have heard or seen the reality TV show: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, or the more renowned; “Toddlers and Tiaras?”. It is a show where little girls below the age of ten, appear on stage wearing loads of makeup, tons of spray tan, with their nails done, fake hair and fake teeth to be judged on their beauty, personality and costumes. Parental ambitions make their children socially challenged, Leading them to feel unconnected to other children and even resulting in permanent mental and physical damage. The parents have gone to extreme measures to ensure that their child is the best. At this rate the show should be called: “Barbie’s and Tiaras”.
Unfortunately, this is the sad truth when it comes to child beauty pageants. Child beauty pageants teach young children that, in order to be good enough, resorting to make-up and mature clothing fixes their self-image. Half of the time it’s their parents who make them do that. Young girls have feelings to, but no one listens to them. What type of person will these young girls grow up to be, when they are forced to change themselves in order to be accepted?
She was borderline anorexic and partook in self-harm by cutting herself. Until she competed in a pageant She says, "It has helped build my self-esteem so much .if I start falling again, being in a pageant brings me right back”. But what if it all went wrong? Not everyone that participates in a pageants wins, some girls might get depressed by the fact that they lost in front of a large crowd just because they aren’t as pretty as the other girls. Or even the bullying that happens behind the curtains of the shows from moms to children or from children towards each other.
Disney has taken the well-intended morals out of tales with substance. In return Disney has offered relentless backlash towards the female race, making young girls everywhere self-conscious about what true beauty is. The youth are beginning to question the notion of beauty because they do not fit the stereotype of what they feel Disney is saying a princess is supposed to be. Looking at these tales as a standard of what love is supposed to be and what love should be is taking tolls on relationships. Marriages are failing and Disney is a prime suspect as to why.
Body image issues stem from the need that some women have to be accepted within the society, their struggles with acceptance may lead to them having distorted body images where even if psychologists give them information to counter their image they are unable to embrace themselves. This may result in the women doing things that compromise their health and in extreme conditions it may lead to death. The signs that a women with a negative self/body image may display are avoiding social situations due to their appearance, always wearing heavy makeup, believing that they would be happier with themselves if they change the way they look and believing that the way she looks prevents her from doing certain activities. These ideas thus increases the women’s body image anxiety especially around people who are unfamiliar to her or people who are said to be
It may also lead to jealousy of one another or hatred from someone else, because they think of someone being “better than others.” For example, “…I worry these girls are just doing it because they are being ordered to do so…”, Nancy Irwain (Toddlers in Tiara, 493). Nancy is just stating what she thinks, this is the perfect example of stereotyping someone. Unfortunately, she is stereotyping little girls that play a role in pageants. Maybe the children actually enjoy doing the pageants and the parents do it because of that. That is the perfect way to explain how stereotyping works.
This includes ideas that women must be pure, they can never be rude, and should act only within these stereotypical boundaries or risk facing ridicule. These stereotypes incorporate notions that women are fragile and should have children or settle down, as well. Individually, I disagree with these stereotypes, as they put women into a box and prevent some from seeing how much a woman can do. One such example of stereotypes limiting women can be seen in the labor force, as young women are often turned away from career positions since they might have children and require maternity leave (CITE). This highlights how stereotypes of women always wanting to have children or that women should settle down have limited many women’s ability to get a job.