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Beauty Pageants

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Ali Luft

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Beauty Pageants

Child beauty pageants encourage age-inappropriate behavior SO Children should
not be able to participate in pageants UNTIL they are 18 years of age. What is age-appropriate behavior? Promoted in beauty pageants: Emphasis on beauty Outer beauty = most important Goal of prize money :Anything that falls into the range of expected behavior and maturity for a given age of child value on material things Sexualizing young girls lead to insecurities NOT age appropriate Are there any positives to child beauty pageants? Pageant moms claim children are taught confidence and poise. "Issues with self-identity after a child "retires" from the pageant scene in her teens are not uncommon. Struggles with perfection, dieting, eating disorders and body image can take their toll in adulthood."
-Martina Cartwright But what happens when they lose? self esteem damage "Am I not pretty enough?" "They hated me." "I need to be better." So why 18? 18 years = legal adult
Make own decisions
No parents to enter child in pageant "I'm her coach, makeup artist, costume designer, and biggest cheerleader!" -Pageant Dad Appropriate behavior of a child Behavior of a pageant child Spends hours traveling and rehearsing
Used to wearing elaborate costumes
Makeup application customary and routine Spends time playing
Wears comfortable clothing
No makeup whatsoever By: Ali Luft! That is why children should not be able to participate in beauty pageants until they are 18. trying to make a child "attractive" Works Cited Schultz, Kristen, and Ann Pleshette Murphy. "Beauty Pageants Draw Children and Criticism." ABC News. ABC News Network, 24 Feb. 0000. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126315>. "Psychology Corner." Toddlers and Children Beauty Pageants – Risk Factors for Severe Psychological Turmoils. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <http://psychologycorner.com/toddlers-and-children-beauty-pageants-–-risk-factors-for-severe-psychological-turmoils/>. "Children and Beauty Pageants." Children and Beauty Pageants. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <http://www.minorcon.org/pageants.html>. “You don’t get as good of a score if your dress doesn’t fit good,” says the mother of 8-year-old pageant contestant. 9 out of 10 girls (ages 14-15) suffer from depression because of pressure to look good.
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