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.
Girls in these competitions are sexualized so early on in their lives. Children who take part in these competitions are brought up putting a huge deal of focus on outer appearances, which can cause substantial emotional and psychological damage. Children learn their values while they are young, and beauty pageant participants grow up thinking that a woman 's worth comes in part by how attractive they are. Girls in the competitions, and even girls who watch these pageants on TV, are learning that they need to look a certain way to look attractive.” As these children grow up, they are going to strongly fail at relationship, as normally people have been men 22% have cheated on their spouse if these girls grow up to be “perfect”. They are going to take it extremely hard if a man cheats on them.
Beauty Pageants are an important part of the American culture in the 21st century. Many women, including small children, strut down the runway, dressing up in fancy clothes and makeup and charm, with the only and clear intention of catching the judges eye. Many claim that beauty pageants are a harmless activity that contestants can get a boost of confidence from. However, the sad reality of beauty pageants sends the message that women, even girls as young as 1 year olds, should be valued for judges for their appearance, and gives unrealistic beauty standards. With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, young girls are facing harsh realities of adults choosing which child is the prettiest, the most charming.
It is annoying that mothers use their young ones to live their dreams, exploiting their daughters ' sexuality for fame and fortune, and along the way inflicting serious psychological and emotional damage on them that played out in very public ways?” (Durham, 2014, p.6). Despite the fact that many parents, especially mothers, are forcing their daughters to participate in beauty pageant competitions, it is not safe (Durham, 2014). Some of the contestants live with the fear of being kidnapped and even killed. This happens because there have been cases of young girls who have been victims in murder incidents. For instance, over a decade ago, there was a tragic story of Jan Benet Ramsey all over the mass media.
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,
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. Spotlights, the runway and overwhelming applauses are what motivate young children to take an interest, despite the fact that parents likewise have a tendency to be a piece of this excursion also. Reckless parents compelling their child to this contest and obliging them to be the winner in any way for money and fame. Child beauty pageant is a type of child abuse that make children have less confidence. The environment the child is
She is not the one to blame, unless of course she really did something horrible to you. But then you might ask yourself, Was she horrible to me because... of this exact issue we're talking about? Is she fearfully scrambling for beauty commodity in herself and projecting it outward? Like the rest of us are grappling with in some form every day? On the flip side, having perceived good looks can drag a woman down in ways that are similarly unfair and unearned, namely when other women do their best to sabotage her progress, her job, her advancement, and her happiness based on jealousy of her collective resources or perceived ability to acquire *nuts* as it were.
One of the main problems that these movies are teaching young girls is the stereotypes portrayed in these movies. Not only do they make stereotypes on ethnicities but also beauty. Having this expectation of beauty only makes it normal for the media to show pictures of outrageous standards of beauty. If you look at each Disney princess in this picture there is a clip of what the main gist of each movie is supposed to teach a girl. With this said, each movie is not teaching girls how to be independent, strong, loving, and educated women.
Every day women across the globe are bombarded by the appearance of "flawless" and "perfect" celebrities on many media platforms, such as the internet, magazines, and television. As a result, many campaigns have unrealistic for women to embrace their bodies and combat the unrealistic standards of beauty in today's society. The emphasis on such unrealistic standards from media outlets has statistically shown to have a negative impact on women and the way they view themselves when they are compared to societies' depiction of beauty. Unfortunately, unrealistic standards aren’t just promoted by media outlets instead over time they have been embedded in today’s society. For example, Many young girls around the world grow up around Barbies, yet have you ever considered the kind of body image the doll promotes?
This is the standard of beauty to follow.” We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of women, focused solely on one’s physical appearance” (Anniston). Young girls do not have a mature understanding of how those magazines work and how to make a wise judgment about the standards of beauty diffused by magazines. That leads them to try to imitate the pictures in magazines (most of the time those pictures are photoshopped) and try to be in perfect shape with a skinny body and a flat stomach and a low weight. When they can not reach that body and fulfill the standards, they develop psychological issues and have a health
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.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.
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.
We live in a world that bombards us with over-sexualised images to aspire to. This sets standards for both women and young girls which are unrealistic and unattainable. Society is becoming more and more sexualised, leading to future generations becoming obsessed with vanity and looks. "Our children should no longer be sacrificed on the altar of the obsession with celebrity culture and the 'beauty ' industry it has spawned." The media is constantly spewing out over-sexualised adverts which they shove down our throats.