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.
The Disney Princess Effect”, really dives into the stereotyping females feel at such a young age. The sexualization of females being the highest form of stereotyping towards women. “In television shows, for instance, women are represented in far more diverse roles - they are lawyers, doctors, politicians. But they are always sexy. A women might run for high political office, but there is almost always analysis about whether she is sexy, too(page 512, Everything’s An Argument),” Hanes explains about how women are sexualized within television.
Gender Lens CSE: While looking at Persepolis through a gender lens, we can see how the women are objectified in their society, through the fundamentalist regime. The forcing of the veils causes the Iranian women to be seen as the lesser gender, with pleasing men as their sole purpose in society. It says that “To protect women from potential rapists they decreed that wearing the veil was obligatory. ‘Women’s hair emanate rays that excite men. That’s why women should cover their hair!’” (74, 7).
She goes on to use Abercrombie & Fitch as an example of an outside force causing girls to be sexual because they put out a shirt that says “who needs brains when you have these” on the chest. She goes on to make the point that a group of teen girls joined together to boycott these shirts, but she does not acknowledge that this boycott was led by Girls as Grantmakers, a feminist group. She wanted to work around the facts to prove that girls do not want to sexual and are willing to prove this by boycotting an institution. Laura Sessions Stepp uses examples that support “the emotional/ physical movement” by saying sex causes women to suffer from diseases and mental illness. She believes hookups cause women to become distant and no longer want relationships.
The characters in the poem and short story “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne can both relate to one another in the fact that the public sets expectations for women. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs.” (Piercy 5-6) This quote from the poem “Barbie Doll” is an exceptional example of our general society making fun of an adolescent, who does not meet the societal expectations that have been set for women, until a tragic event happens. Another superb example of this negative concept would be, “Georgiana,” said he, “has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?” (Hawthorne 341) This direct quote comes from the short story “The Birth-Mark” and implies that appearance is a great example of a societal expectation. Society shapes the lives of many women by implying the importance of behavior, appearance, and success. Many women are judged because they do not meet these expectations that we have set in society.
The effects and solutions on hypersexualization of young girls In the article “Toddlers in Tiaras” by Skip Hollandsworth, the author covered on the topic of precocious sexualization of young girls, especially toddlers who are competing in pageants. The author did not as to so much state his opinion on the topic but he quoted many other people of their opinions. As our society becoming more advanced, the media becomes more outraged. Television shows and advertisements are competing for the spot light. They are essentially aiming at the younger generation.
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.
All of the makeup, hair products, perfumes, etc., are completely hurting women’s overall body image and self-esteem. Trying to live up to such nearly impossible standards is so taxing on women. Tyler is a six-foot tall, beauty, who has posed for Maxim magazine in just her undergarments, yet she found it important to tell young women not to look up to super models and to embrace their curves. I found this so interesting since she has actually been considered to have supermodel stature and looks, yet often jokes about her ‘freakishly tall stature’ or being an ‘amazon’ or ‘giant’. Her tone is definitely one of a sarcastic feminist.
This helps get his point across. Hollandsworth’s article explores the world of child pageantry and attempts to convince the readers that the girls participating are being exploited and hypersexualized on stage. The article also talks to former pageant girls like Brooke Breedwell, forced into pageantry by her mother at only 3 months but quit at age 8 because of what she was missing out on a normal life. Shadowing the girls makes the article more interesting because it is coming right from the person who is a part of that world. Hollandsworth successfully fulfilled his purpose of showing the world that these girls are being overexposed and hypersexualized because of the world they are
Americans don 't need schools pressuring young and old children to stop being kids and start being adults early. *** The most important reason is that schools sexualize their dress codes. One student from Kentucky states, “It sends the message to boys that it’s all girls’ fault.… It wasn’t their fault that they were staring—it’s the girls’ fault,” (Alvarez). Is not the girls’ fault it’s the boys fault for staring. It is no secret that the Dress codes target girls, to the dress codes being exposing bra straps, showing collarbone, wearing a simple tank top, dyeing hair, and piercings.