beauty pagents

Charlie - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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what are your views on child beauty pagents ?

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ME - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Sara:

I do not like them. I think sexualizing young girls by teasing their hair, whitening their teeth, spraying on fake tan, putting makeup on them and dressing them in skimpy outfits is disturbing. I also think it sends the wrong message. I want my daughter to respect herself for what she has to offer others intellectually and not as some ornament to be looked upon by others. Her value is not merely decorative...you know?



Exactly what I would have said...but I also don't want my son to ever look upon a woman or girl as an object...I've never thought that objectifying children or women or girls was appropriate for any reason!

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I do not like them. A mothers attempt to liver vicariously through her daughter. Getting attention, she herself never got. Sexualizing a child with 'adult' makeup and clothing. It really is disturbing. Also, what's the benefit of these things? Is there a financial prize? If so, who gets the money. I'm willing to bet, when money is the prize, it's not going into a 529 Account. From what I've seen on t.v. these pageant moms are ruthless to win and how horrible for the little girl when she isn't 'pretty enough' to win. Talk about setting up the makings of a self-esteem disaster.

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Depends on the pagent. There is a difference between entering a rosebud competition, posing one time in a floral dress when the carnival comes to town and a child constantly being groomed for pagents with thick make-up and sexy clothes. Those Little Miss America pagents just scare me because those little girls look like nothing on earth.

Sara - posted on 07/16/2009

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I do not like them. I think sexualizing young girls by teasing their hair, whitening their teeth, spraying on fake tan, putting makeup on them and dressing them in skimpy outfits is disturbing. I also think it sends the wrong message. I want my daughter to respect herself for what she has to offer others intellectually and not as some ornament to be looked upon by others. Her value is not merely decorative...you know?

Sarah - posted on 07/16/2009

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I'm not keen really. It seems weird to me to dress little girls up as grown ups and have them plastered in make up and in ball gowns. I think it's more for the mothers benefit rather than the childs. I'm sure not all beauty pageants are that way, but something about them just sit right with me. :)

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