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Brooke Robbins
11/7 Discussion
Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:27pm
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The topic I chose for my paper is children beauty pageants and how they are not beneficial to the child. I saw the topic on the database in the library and I thought it would be interesting because it is a topic that isnít really discussed that often. There are tv shows that glamourize the child beauty pageants but they do not really focus on how it effects the child. They just portray them as bratty children. I think it will be fairly easy to write a paper about this because there are two clear sides and both can easily be defended. I chose to be against child beauty pageants because I feel that it over sexualizes young girls. Three and four year old little girls should not have a face full of makeup caked on with hair bigger than their head. Not to mention, they are on a stage in front of people in dancing completely inappropriately for their age. It basically teaches the young children that they are not good enough or attractive enough if they donít come in first place in a stupid contest. Is that what we really need to be teaching these kids at such a young age? Should they already be that self-conscious and have such low self-esteem this early in life? These pageants basically give into stereotypes that beauty is ahead of intellect. Personally, I think it makes the young girls grow up way too fast. At three years old, I was outside playing games, not getting a spray tan and false eyelashes. Not to mention, my mom wouldnít even let me wear makeup until I was in middle school. The counter argument could be that these pageants potentially boost their self-confidence and make them feel better about themselves. Some say that these competitions teach the children poise, sportsmanship and how to be a good loser. Iím sure there are some benefits and lessons taught from these pageants. To me, I think there are a lot more negative aspects than positive. Itís best to let small children be small children, not to sexualize them so they can win a large sum of money and prizes.

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