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?
The competitions usually have cash prizes for the "Supreme" winner. Some also get scholarships for better education. Practicing and staying in shape for these Pageants teach young women with discipline and pride in their personal appearance. But kids have also lost their sense of innocence quickly because of the inappropriate outfits they are required to wear for the judges to score them higher. By the things like putting extra pads in the butt and chest area, we are making the child feel like they are "older."
In the United States of America, many young girls under sixteen years old participate in child beauty pageant, having the most beautiful girl in their mind, as Olive, the young heroine of the movie “Little Miss Sunshine,” did. They eagerly prepare for the contest with their family; they have their hair tightly permed and put on high-heeled shoes and gorgeous sexy dress that do not suit girls in such ages, in order to be even a little more beautiful than the girls who will be together on the stage. Some people protest that such child beauty pageants should be banned. This is seemed to be an extremely self-centered insistence; for its main reasons are as follows: 1. Infants and girls are objectified.
Parents are displaying their children as sexual targets for pedophiles, which is rather contradictory. Young women, especially toddlers, who are not as capable of making decisions should not be sexualized in that sort of manner. Hollandsworth states in his article, "...pedophiles who had gone to great lengths to obtain videos of little girls walking around provocatively, pulling their shirts down off their shoulders and smiling at the camera." The children act in a promiscuous manner for the sake of a beauty pageant, which attracts pedophiles. Unfortunately, it is not difficult to specifically target pageant children.
Orenstein argues that feminism entails women casting aside traditional feminine things and standing with strength and independence. Older Disney movies depict a girl whose problems are solved by their one wish, a handsome prince. Orenstein describes the worry a parent feels with such archaic ideals being instilled in their daughters at such a young age, citing research showing that such influences being detrimental to a girl 's mental health. Orenstein believes that although there is no definitive proof that princesses are harmful to girls, the helpless stereotype they promote can lead to lower self-confidence. Poniewozik, although describing a similar concern, casts aside these woes and applauds the new princess movies providing strong female characters that can get that man, too.
People will sometimes go to extreme measures just to look like the people they see on TV, which is not an easy task. Everyone is unique and no person looks exactly the same as another so people should embrace their differences and perceive themselves as beautiful because of their uniqueness and the fact that no one else looks exactly like them. Beauty is not something that only certain people have but it is something that everyone has because of their uniqueness. Modern media is damaging to the youth of today because of the standard of appearance that is displayed. These children grow up thinking that there is only one way to be beautiful when in fact the standard of beauty they see in the media is unachievable by the standard person.
Although these characters are just fiction, children are still able see them and learn from them. Young girls especially begin to wonder why they do not have a tiny enough waist like Ariel or why they do not have the ideal face of a princess. These princesses may look really adorable but little do people know that girls are judging themselves because they do not fit the ideal princess archetype. “Villains all have one common feature- obesity. They are all overweight, with double chins and over-exaggerated curves.
Society has created an image that is unrealistic for young women to achieve. In the poem, “Barbie Doll”, written by Marge Piercy, a child is normal until she grows up and hits puberty. The teenage girl receives comments from a classmate about her body and the way it looks. She is a healthy young girl, but she started to believe all these comments and was apologizing for the way she looked. She would beat herself up about not having a body that looked like all the other girls.
With the constant fear of ridicule and discrimination, we still try and define ourselves, though we are always under the society’s scope. Marge Piercy, in her poem “Barbie Doll”, gives us a look at the influence of our surroundings and how something as innocent as a doll can trigger these insecurities. Our strive for acceptance and “perfection” can cause major emotional damage on anyone who identifies as a woman. Young girls look at these depictions of “perfect” bodies, such as a barbie doll for example, and compare themselves. In the poem “Barbie Doll”, Piercy talks about a young girl who she described as “...healthy, tested and intelligent...” (247) but, she was picked on by peers who said she had “a great big nose and fat legs.” This led her to apologize for her body, something no one should ever have to do, as well faking a smile, dieting and exercising.
So, the four main reasons why child beauty pageants are harmful are: Firstly, child beauty pageants may lead to overconfident. Children which participate in child beauty pageants normally told by their parents or people around them that they are beautiful, charming, talented, more special than others to let them be more confident during the contest. They will normally end up with feelings of “I am the best among all children” which led to overconfident and might become shallow and hung up on the beauty part of it all (Occupy Theory, 2015). Sooner, if the