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Brooke Robbins
11/14 Discussion
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:18pm
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My final topic for the argument paper is child beauty pageants are not beneficial to the well being of child participants. Some main points I plan to point out is child participants are more likely to develop eating disorders and other issues due to insecurity. Also, pageants instill questionable values into young females and create a threat to a child’s self-image. There have been multiple studies constructed to prove the idea that child beauty pageants cause issues to child participants. In 2005, the journal Eating Disorder, published a study that looked at 22 women, half that were participants of pageants and half that were not. The researchers’ measured the responses of the woman to certain questions that relate to body image, depression and self-esteem. It concluded that those participating in the may have an associated risk factors of eating disorders. Also, a article was published by a Child psychologist that pointed out that primping for pageants is not dress-up pretending to go to work like Mommy does or vacuum the house like Mommy does. It's a very sexualized, sensual model of someone who's trying to get attention, which is not okay for small children to learn. The psychologist also states that allowing young children to act and dress in such an adult fashion may cause them to miss out on certain things such as the first time a girl might wear a formal dress under normal circumstances like prom. Media such as tv shows like Toddlers and Tiaras contribute to the idea that parents are the ones that push for children to be in these pageants and it is not their own decision. I feel that case studies and research will be the best way to prove most points. The greatest challenge for me writing this paper is going to be finding accurate information and putting it in a logical order. I feel like looking for information that is accurate and from a reliable source will be very hard. Also, making significant points and arguments is going to be difficult. I feel like if I follow the guidelines given in class then the paper should go smoothly.
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