Are beauty pageants an acceptable part of today's society?
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Beauty pageants are, by nature, harmful, not only to society as a whole but to individuals who participate. Our society encourages hard work and skill over inborn qualities and inheritance, and yet beauty pageants typically favor those with cute faces, spare time, and lots of money. They are not constructive ratings of persons based on aspects which the individuals can cultivate or change; they are shallow assessments of "inner beauty" by rewarding those who meet the physical standards by nature of birthright, and decided by the status quo. It does not take long to find examples of individuals who succeed at pageantry but have little more to offer once the contest is over, and the potential for harm extends to the participants, who often suffer from anxiety and self-image issues, to the parents, supporters, and judges.
Pageants may be a feel-good aspect of society, left over from past times where they may have served a greater purpose. However, they have no place in today's society, where those with physical attractiveness have enough routes for success paved for them, and should not be encouraged to see their looks as legitimate contributions to society. The problems of today are too important to allow these frivolous wastes of time, money, and human potential to continue, and while we may never be rid of those who might view attractiveness as an indicator of "inner beauty", we need to move on as a society and stop giving attention to looks above other qualities.
I am looking for good counter arguments, as I have never been able to find good reason to accept pageants as anything more than I have described. I am open to alternate modes of thought, however, this is where I currently stand. Hope to see good debates out there on this issue!
Pageants value particular qualities and rate individuals based on the amount of these qualities each one shows. However, so far as I understand it, these qualities are more or less as follows: the physical attractiveness of the individual, the makeup, the fashion and clothing, one of several "talents" that the individual possesses, and charisma/speaking power. These qualities are good, perhaps, for achieving a kind of social acceptance, but they are not qualities that seem to contribute to society. Pageants cost money, from the sponsors and the participants, and I can think of many places in society that that money could go to aside from pageants. You claim that most girls do pageants for fun, but studies are popping up that show that girls and women who participate in beauty pageants are more likely to have body satisfaction issues, interpersonal distrust, and a lack of effectiveness outside of the pageantry, often reinforced by parents who may or may not have the best interests of their children at heart. Furthermore, regardless of how much fun individuals may have, or whether or not modeling jobs can arise out of pageantry, the trend of lower BMI is continuing among pageant participants, suggesting that a greater emphasis is being put on an unhealthy body figure that is not conducive to long-term health. I retain that not only are pageants designed in a way that is potentially detrimental to the participant, but that, even without these health problems, pageants encourage a kind of success that has little to no real-world application, and are thus a waste of time and money.
As to your statement about my dissing young girls, I do apologize if I came across as hateful. I'm currently dating a pageant participant so I must stress that I mean no disrespect. I am arguing from a stance of protecting participants and society from harmful behaviors.
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