Did you know that 80% of, 10-year olds are on diets according to Sana Hassan writer of The Psychological Effects of Child Beauty Pageants. Beauty pageants should be banned because they are exploiting and showcasing little girls for sexual predators, and exposing girls to the keeping a fake image to be liked, loved, or keeping social status. They pose many significant impacts to a child’s mental and even physical health. The story of JonBenet Ramsey is a very tragic story. A story of exposing little girls to sexual predators.
Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships. Beauty pageants have a negative effect on female adolescents, because of low self esteem, children growing up too fast, and beauty enhancements performed on young girls. Self esteem and and bad relationships are effects on girls from participating in beauty pageants. Many young girls are also taught that they’re beauty is the most important thing. Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants.
With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, young girls are facing harsh realities of adults choosing which child is the prettiest, the most charming. Many now wonder if competing in beauty pageants adversely affect a child’s development. Beauty pageants deprive children of their confidence and childhoods because they lower girls self esteem, they force children to look and act like adults, and they teach young girls about unrealistic beauty standards, and other negative messages. Beauty Pageants deprive children of their confidence and
Parents who enter their kids are condemned as attempting to experience their life, desire and need to feel wonderful and beautiful again through their kid, constraining their kid to perform under stage mum weight, to help them feel better about their lives. Other reactions incorporate constraining youngsters to wear make-up and improper outfit for children of that age. Children should be banned from participating in beauty pageants due to the psychological and physical abuse. Child beauty pageants are a form of psychological abuse and should be banned as a result. Parents forcing their children to participate child beauty pageants is obviously coming from dismal, over educated, upper middle class individuals who have never been inebriated by the spotlight.
Marge Piercy’s “ Barbie Doll” establishes the character to be a young girl who hits the stage of puberty and is then subjected to people's hurtful words that destroy her body image. Before these words she seemed to be a normal little girl playing with all the right toys. The words spoken were with intent to help the girl change her physical appearance so she could be a better version of herself, but in the end the girl felt there was no other option. She could never make everyone happy. The last part of the poem shows how society's judgmental words can strip you of your innocence and leave you in a satin lined box six feet under.
Many parents force their children into the pageant world before they are even old enough to talk, so they have no say in the decision (Padmore). They try to live through their child in order to try to fulfill their own aspirations of fame and fortune. Often times they do not consider the risks they are taking when signing their child up for pageants. According to Martina M. Cartwright, many pageant parents exhibit “princess by proxy.” This occurs when adults are primarily driven by the social or financial gains earned by their child’s accomplishments, regardless of potential risks for the child. They want their child to be the best, because it makes them feel better about themselves
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.
Disney’s Cinderella also has quite a similar jarring scene in which the stepsisters rip off the dress from Cinderella’s body in order to impede her going to the ball. Furthermore, another aspect worth considering is the impact the depiction of such hostile behavior in fairy tales has on female readers. Girls most certainly notice (whether they do it consciously or subconsciously) that fairy tales glorify and reward beauty (Lieberman 385). When they identify with the beauties, girls tend to become suspicious of their less beautiful peers; and in case they identify with the plainer characters,
You girls too young to be wearing shoes like that. Take them shoes off before I call the cops, but we just run.” (Chapter 17 Paragraph 13). The high-heeled shoes transform the little girls into women. It’s a dangerous transformation since the little girls are still children and don’t understand
Even the outfits that the children wear here are not okay even for a grown up. In Ireland, the child pageants are about the child having fun, while here in America it’s the parents that are having fun by dressing up their kids like Barbie dolls. It’s not even about the kids here, it’s about the money and prizes that the parents win. As Ms. Hamilton puts it “It makes them feel like princesses.” (Rogan. 2015) This should be what pageants should be about, making them fell like princesses, but teaching them it’s all about their natural beauty.
The most concerning aspects of this show is that, at such a young age, children are being taught to live up to the “perfect” status. Airing this show on TV is merely an effort to teach the viewer how to be a successful girl, rather than a successful person. It is consistently seen through every episode, breakdowns of young girls who are not achieving the judge’s “perfect” look. TLC released an episode containing a 3-year-old dressing up as a prostitute from the movie Pretty Women (Henson). If the media is advertising these concepts and parents are supporting them, it only further influences women to act this way, since they were led to believe that it was the norm.
OnePoll recently conducted a survey, asking 1000 UK adults what their opinion was on pageants, the related risks and whether it was appropriate for young girls to be flaunted and judged on their appearance. On the whole, the opinion of beauty pageants was negative, with 83% of adults saying they didn 't think beauty pageants should be available for girls of this age. The majority of adults thought that the events were too risky. Their main concerns were paedophile interest(72%), sexualisation of children(82%) and obsessive/pushy parents(81%). One mum featured on the TV programme 'Toddlers and Tiaras ' even went as far as to dress her daughter as a prostitute so as to resemble Julie Roberts ' character from the film, 'Pretty Woman '.