The Issue Of Child Beauty Pageants Essay

1829 Words Jun 30th, 2015 8 Pages
There is nothing wrong with little girls wearing cute pink dresses and walking down a stage to perform a few adorable stunts or tricks. However, there is everything wrong when these actions could potentially lead to long term damages in young girls. And therein lies the problem with child beauty pageants. They have the potential to create long term issues for the many of the female children who are asked to participate in them. This is the stance that “Toddlers and Tiaras” takes regarding the issue of child beauty pageants; the author of the article, Skip Hollandsworth, asserts that “many psychologists believe that developmental and emotional problems can stem from pressure and value system that pageants embody” (493). Hollandsworth in his article goes into further depth about what those “developmental and emotional problems” entail. The issues that can arise from beauty pageants in underage girls range from early sexualization, formation of rigid gender roles, and a damaged self-image of themselves. One of the most significant problems that can emerge from child beauty pageants is the premature sexualization of young girls. Stephanie Hanes in her article “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect” explains that age compression is “the phenomenon of younger children adopting patterns once reserved for older youths” (487). Pageants used to be something reserved only for older teenage girls or young adult women, not children. However, this is no longer the…

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