February 2nd, 2009 by Veronica
Child Beauty Pageants, Fun Or Foe?
Are Child Beauty Pageants harmful to our children? Some argue it has the potential to be dangerous to a child’s development. Others argue it gives children an early advantage by learning them to be competitive.
They Sport the finest make-up, their cheeks blushed with beauty and their smiles are one in a million. Thing is that there still in the third grade. We all have heard the stories. Children in their fragile stages of development participating in beauty pageants. Is it all or fun? Or is it more poisoning to a child’s upbringing?
There are many different type of feelings about this topic. Many good and others bad. Should a child participate in a competitive atmospher sporting a face full of make up, fake smiles and gleaming tiaras? Are they allowed to act as kids, is this what they truly want or are they just being pushed into a career which their mothers seem to be forcing them into.
We have to weight the good and the bad of the situation.
The Good: These pageants require a form of disipline and practice. It also forces the kids to be poised and graceful. It also is actually a good bonding time for the mother and daughter and some girls leave with a boost of confidence.
The Bad: The social interaction these children are getting may not be a good one. Kids are forced into perfection. They are minors, so their guardians are suppose to make the decision for them in order for their own betterment. A lot of these children develop a negative image of themselves, despite how truly gorgeous they are. Eating disorders and promiscuity are often developed in the child’s later years due to the constant emphasis on their physical attributes, leading them to believe that that is the way they can get somewhere in life.
Our environmental factors shape us many times into who we are as adults, so why rush growing up when these children don’t have a clear understanding of who they are as yet? Is it Innocence Vs. Winning?