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The Negative Effect of Beauty Pageants

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NOT be you. Beauty Pageants THESIS: Martina M. Cartwright Sigmund Freud Second! First off! Third!! Fourth! Beauty Pageants are affiliated with an immense variety of negative psychological, and social defects along with inappropriate attention. ~ Presented Scientific research based on future outcomes of child beauty pageants in the novel, "Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry." Psychologist's Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalysis Theory says... ~ Beauty Pageants lead to the wanting of being
Absolutely perfect Eating Disorders and Body-Image Distortion In 2003, Psychologist Phil McGraw told pageant moms that they need to explain to their children that pageants aren't realities but fantasies. Possible Emotional Problems - Negative Psychological Effects ~ According to her statistics in 2006, forty percent of the children that participated in beauty pageant events have problems psychologically and the other sixty percent of children are unhappy during the pageant itself. In a 2007 psychological study, Cartwright came to the conclusion that women who have participated in a beauty pageant in the past were more unhappy with their bodies, unlike women who had not participated. A person's development is determined by the events that have occurred in their early Childhood. Because of the strong desire to be perfect, some resort to extremes to gain that approval. Perfectionism For example; spray tanning, hair extensions, and sometimes starving oneself. Pageants, are specially designed for younger children. Judges focus mainly on appearance, attire, and perceived “cuteness.” Talent portions are not in all pageants. They are considered as a secondary component of the experience and scoring. Because of this pageant judges suggest to the contestants that appearance is key, and to flaunt themselves in order to succeed in the competition. Their appearance is judged through the eyes of other people. This perceived look and opinion on appearance can lead to SEVERE changes in how one view their body-image. Adults and even children who previously participated in pageants may feel the pressure to to be perfect, on and off the stage; and may go through low self-esteem, and poor body image and view themselves negatively. External Vs. Internal Values If that fact isn't known by children, children can become more absorbed in developing a look for themselves physically, instead of focusing on developing emotionally. Pageants stress looks, provocative costumes, and high glamor. After competing in pageants children think their dominant focus is to that absolute perfect or "perfect 10" appearance; instead of focusing on more important things. the "after effect" of pageantry. The doll-like look for
beauty pageants. Syd Brown, a youth psychologist in Maryland agrees with Dr. Phil McGraw. He brings out that children who are affiliated with pageantry doubt themselves, because of their looks. Acne could develop, or the shape of their bodies might not turn out to look how they want it to. Many pageant girls place all their time and effort on self perception can be heading towards an "emotional dead end." Financial Strain Fifth!! Average Cost of the dress: $1,000
and as much as $5,000! Entry Fee's: $100-$200 Some require several outfit changes, which makes things more expensive. Along with travel to competitions. Provocative Appearance Sixth!!! Dr. Robyn Silverman says this about the looks of pageant contestants: “...It hurries them along and asks them to grow up and adhere to a standard that isn't natural to them — that what's natural and beautiful is being older than they are.” The girls that are competing in these beauty pageants for example the “Toddlers and Tiaras” they look very grown up, due to the highly suggestive and provocative costumes, and also makeup. The girls wear “flippers” which are fake teeth just to cover their baby teeth. The parents and coaches also encourage these young girls to wear these revealing outfits, and to dance and pose provocatively or sensually. The Positive? Seventh! Boosting the self-confidence of the child....
According to some, boosting self-confidence is the primary goal of pageants. When a girl feels confident early on, it can make obstacles later in life easier. As brought out before, pageants do not boost the self-confidence of the child. The pressure to be absolutely perfect can overwhelm the individual sometimes so severe it can be life-threatening so much so the child can develop depression. Instead of making the confidence stronger, they’re just making it weaker and weaker The Reality..... The circus mogul P.T. Barnum originated the modern American beauty contest in 1854.
In this contest he invited women to show off their figures in front of a panel of judges.
The contest was ridiculed as scandalous. But Barnum tried again: but this time, he asked the contestants to submit daguerreotypes – which are photographs that are printed on metal plates—for judgment.
The more modest setup took off Pageant History... Conclusion!!!! Perfectionism Eating Disorders and Body Image External Verses Internal Values Possible Emotional Problems Financial Strain Provocative Appearance Pageantry has not only a negative affect on the contestants, but also the parents' wallets. There's so many negative after affects beauty pageants cause, that it drives the contestants to a "emotional dead end" Works Cited.... Cartwright, Martina. "Princess by Proxy: What Child Beauty Pageants Teach Girls About Self-Worth and What We Can Do About It ." Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 51.11 1105-1107. Web. 3 Jun. 2013. <http://www.jaacap.com/search/quick>. Villines, Vawn. "Beauty Pageants and Children: It’s Not Always Pretty." GoodTherapy.org. goodtherapy.org, 15 11 2012. Web. 3 Jun 2013. <http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/beauty-pageant-children-effects-1115127>. Agadoni, Laura. " How Do Child Beauty Pageants Affect a Child's Development?." Global Post. Global Post. Web. 29 May 2013. <http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/child-beauty-pageants-affect-childs-development-3088.html>. Weingarten, Elizabeth. "The History of the American Beauty Pageant ." Slate. The Slate Group, 06 15 2011. Web. 5 Jun. 2013. <http://www.slate.com/slideshows/news_and_politics/the- see Weingarten http://www.slate.com/slideshows/news_and_politics/the-history-of-the-american-beauty-pageant history-of-the-american-beauty-pageant.html "Advantages of beauty pageants for Little Girls ." Kids Beauty Pageant Secrets. N.p., n. d. Web. 5 Jun. 2013. <http://beauty-pageants.creative-elearning.com/Advantages_of_beauty_pageants_for_little_girls.php>. Morgan, Mandy. "Toddlers and Tears: The sexualization of young." Deseret News [Salt Lake City] 17 11 2012, n. pag. Web. 5 Jun. 2013. <http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865567072/Toddlers-and-Tears-The-sexualization-of-young-girls.html?pg=all>. The End!(:
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