The Sexualization Of Beauty Pageants

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“Too sexy, too soon?” according to the ABC article, “Beauty Pageants Draw Children and Critism” by Kristen Schultz, beauty pageants are a huge concern. Beauty pageants are exploitive. They do more harm than good. Not only are they expensive, but they affect girls self- esteem, and girls can act and look too inappropriate for their age.
In the United States beauty pageants are more common. As seen in TLC reality shows
“Toddlers & Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” these events can also be packed with drama. In 1996 the beauty pageant world became the center of attention with the headline news of the murdered 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. “The investigation cast a dark shadow on the contests” said Eleanor Vonduyke who directed
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Wardy said, “‘My whole issue with sexualization is that it robs girls of girlhood. They should be out being creative and imaginative, and when they focus on being sexy women it takes away learning opportunities. It takes away the beauty of childhood.’”.
In the article, “Toddlers and Tears: The sexualization of young girls” by Mandy Morgan,
80% of 10- year- olds in the U.S. claim they have been on a diet. It is no suprise that women are more concerned with their looks than men. Adolescent psychologist Syd Brown asks, “What happens if these kids develop acne? Or need braces? Or what if they don’t develop physically?
What happens to them then?”. Girls are very vulnerable. Having high self-esteem has recently been found not to be so good. Of course it is better than having low self-esteem. High self- esteem can affect a child mentally. They will think they are superior than others and will be bashed as the child grows older, and of course with mothers or others telling them they are prettier than a certain girl will only give her more confidence.
“They love this! They love the glitz and the glamour!” says Joy Clark a grandmother of pageant contestant Jayleigh. She is just one of the few that believe that pageants push girls to