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ARE CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE

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Clerence Muglebud

on 18 January 2013

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ARE CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE? Member Morally right or wrong ? Member 'I’m injecting my eight-year-old with Botox and getting her body waxes so she’ll be a superstar' Nurturing ? Abuse? Her mother says she is doing this for her daughters future – this raises the question : How do we know if childhood actions will effect us when we are older?
May be beneficial in a future career.
May help mother daughter bonding.
The child may be of sound mind to refuse is she wishes too.
Botox in children is highly not recommended by doctors and would never be prescribed by a GP.
She puts her daughter through unnecessary pain when she is unable to fully consent as she is not of age to consent herself according to the law her mother should consent. – this raises the question : How far is it justified to use parental role over a child? My opinion is that it is morally wrong to force a child to do things that are so controversial and against the social norm. However this raised the question: is beauty a social construct? If a mother chooses a party dress for her daughter so she looked pretty for say a birthday what is the difference than another say dressing her daughter for a pageant in makeup, wigs, false eyelashes and a tiara for the same reason as to look pretty? WHAT GIVES US THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHETHER SOMETHING IS RIGHT OR WRONG AND HOW DO WE KNOW IF IT IS ? Beauty is pain... In both videos you will see that the people are all american, this is because beauty pageants originate in America. This raises the question from our perspective: Is it justifiable for one culture to impose its own values on standards on another? How far is it justified to use paternity over a child? in the video you heard the mother say 'usually i would have just held her down and ripped it off' This is an act we have seen to be traumatic to a child yet the mother admits to have previously done. this again reflects back to the previous knowledge issue How far is it justified to use parental authority over a child?
It also brings me to the question: Is it moraly right to harm your child if you believe it will have future benefits? 'I' ‘The physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children.’ if we look at other knowledge areas such as the arts we may take a less sentimental approach and appreciate the amount of time and effort is put into these girls looking like this much as we would any other piece of art.

Not only are they made to look perfect but they must have a talent and cisalpine to walk properly.

my presentation deals with the issues: -Is it justifiable for one culture to impose its own values on standards on another?

-What roles do reason and emotion play in deciding what counts as abuse?

-How do we know what is beautiful?

-How do we know if childhood actions will effect us when we are older?

-How far is it justified to use paternity over a child?

-Is it morally right to harm your child if you believe it will have future benefits?

-in what ways do beauty pageants enrich or abuse children?

-Is beauty a social construct? PAGEANTS AND ART If we look at child beauty pageants as a form of art we can appreciate the amount of time and effort gone into creating the 'perfect specimen' when you think of art in the form of say a painting you appreciate the pain and time that has gone into creating the piece - so how does this differ when considering beauty pageants in the arts ? Pageants and ethics ethics is mostly associated with this topic due to its sensitive nature. our emotional reasoning changes at every scenario even if there are always only two outcomes. this means that we may judge the first source differently to the second and the third differently to the first even though they all follow the same theme, this is due to emotional reasoning where our rational reasoning is overthrown by emotions for example we may feel more empathy to the second girl that we do to the first. Does our society decide whether we are beautiful?- these images show how one culture transforms the appearance of a child to a more socially acceptable one- this may be seen as a bad thing but we must also remember that the beauty and talent of the child is praised, and that the extra effort such as eyebrow waxing and spray tanning is worth the prize in the short run. But what about the long term affects?... To conclude.. I believe that our societies judge whether beauty pageants for children are right or wrong but that these ideas vary between each. I also feel that this varies between person to person because people use their emotional judgement and experiences to determine whether they appose or support this arguement. I do not believe pageants are a good thing because i do not believe we have enough evidence to prove that they are constructive for children and this is based on my own emotional responce to the three sources.
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