Essay on The Advantages and Disadvantages of Child Beauty Pageants

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Juan Amador, 2587245 Professor Brentar ENG 101 SEC 5 25 November 2012 The Advantages and Disadvantages of Child Beauty Pageants In today’s world, there are quite a few things that bother us Americans. One controversial topic at-hand would be child beauty pageants. The article, “Playing at Sexy” written by Peggy Orenstein, goes into detail of the negative effects of showcasing one’s child in a pageant. Hilary Levey takes a different approach to child beauty pageants. She finds them to be just as helpful as children who take after school lessons in her scholarly article, “Pageant Princesses and Math Whizzes.” Both articles take two different takes on the child pageant world. In reality though, pageants can just be as damaging as …show more content…
Sexy. One mother who was on the Toddlers and Tiaras dressed her 3 year old daughter as the hooker Julia Roberts played in Pretty Woman. Levey found it is the mother who is “… responsible for how her child looks and performs on stage” (par. 19). The girl’s mother told Fox News, “I love living vicariously through my 3-year-old daughter Paisley.” Levey discusses mother’s vicariousness, “CBP mothers get vicarious satisfaction from the success of their children and sometimes compensate for their own thwarted dreams by pinning their hopes on their children’s success” (Levey par. 72) Paisley has competed in over 60 pageants, but it was definitely the ‘Pretty Women’ costume that put Paisley’s name out there.” This type of attitude is what is promoting sexualizing of young girls. What mothers need to realize is that mothers don’t look at their children the same way other people look at them, such as pedophiles. For example, mothers don’t look at their daughters as if they want to have sex with them like pedophiles might do. It’s just empowering the sexualizing of young girls that aren’t supposed to be sexy. Although all may not agree with the statements above, some find it a productive activity. It is found to help to find contestants about competition, good work ethics, and mothers are gaining profit as well. Levey, in interviewing parents, has concluded that one big reason parents have their daughters compete is that

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