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Allison Brouillette
4/12
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:53am
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The topic I chose for my issue paper is beauty pageants and young children. The argument of this topic would be whether or not little girls and beauty pageants have a positive or negative effect on the children that compete in these competitions. It is a big controversial topic because these competitions and what they teach the children can potentially effect how the kids grow up and what they learn through life. The pro side of this issue would argue that the beauty pageants would teach the little girls positive things. Examples would include building self-confidence, learning different talents, making friends, or just being fun for the participants. There are many positive points about beauty pageants for kids, but many people think these competitive contests are exploitive and too much for very young kids. The con side of this issue would argue that these competitions are too competitive and do not teach young girls the right ethics. It is said that beauty pageants can make little girls too comfortable, such as being cocky or think highly of themselves when they are older. Also, if the parents are very into the competitions, they can take up a lot of their time and could be put before more important things, such as school. The competitions can potentially hurt the childrenís feelings too. The kids are expected to win, and if they donít, they will be let down and feel bad about themselves. More for the parentís sake, pageants can be very expensive, so it takes a lot of money to make your child be number one in these pageants. Parents have to take a lot of risks. The list goes on for both sides of this beauty pageant issue and can be a very controversial topic potentially effecting young childrenís lives. I would say this topic would impact parents or guardians the most. If parents of young kids are thinking about putting their child in beauty pageants, they should know the positive and negative effects of these competitions before doing so.

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