Essay about Child Beauty Pageants

963 Words Mar 6th, 2013 4 Pages
Do Child Beauty Pageants Create Sexualization?
“Do Child Beauty Pageants Threaten the Realm of Childhood and Innocence?

Every little girl dreams to be beautiful like a princess. Today’s children’s beauty pageants are prejudicial to a child’s development. These pageants can lead to low self-esteem and poor body image. I believe parents should not pressure these children to participate in these type of events. These beauty pageants overly expose little girls, that can eventually lead to a sex offender’s interest. Not only do these problems contribute to sexualization, these children are taught to be rewarded for their looks and appearance, not their personality. It is not right for a childhood to be taken over by superficiality. Kids
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But in pageants, confidence is not boosted, self-esteem suffers and the way children act, showing themselves off and valuing their appearance, is not the person they should learn to be. When constantly being compared to others, being judged on how pretty they are, their self-esteem negatively is affected when losing in a competition.

“Winning is very important, said 9- year old Brooke McClung, who added that when she doesn’t win she feels sad.”(canning). Beauty contests are based on looks, and with her mother’s expectations, it is no wonder why McClung feels sad and disappointed in herself. “I should’ve done better, I should have done better. I should have nailed it.” Children are made to feel they need expensive dresses, make-up, fake tans, to be acceptable. “I like make-up, and I like the hair spray, she said (4-year old Eden Wood). Make-up makes me feel happy. I like being pretty on stage with my make-up on”. This four-year-old girl has been doing pageants for her whole short life. “Wood said she can afford the $70,000 she spent on these pageants, what’s the benefit? You can only regain the money by winning. Eden’s mother claims she affords pageants, some families are going in debt because of the expenses. “Pageants officials admit some families have gone into debt, even paying entry fees before paying rent.” Parents are consumed in these pageants and are forgetting they have a family that needs a place to live and dedication from their moms.

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