Banning beauty contests
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"Must be banned Beauty contests must be banned because it lowers girls and woman's self-esteem and confidence when they don't win. It also makes women and girls believe that beauty is the most important thing ever when really your personality is what is most important!!!So that is why beauty contests without a doubt must be banned!"
"Beauty contests should be banned Beauty contests warp the minds of children, teens and adults alike that there is a certain criteria like being 'thin' and having, pardon my French, 'big boobs'.
Boys and men panting after them at the beck and call is now a sign that they are 'beautiful and desirable'.
We see women, especially those of Asian origin undergoing several forms of plastic surgery to achieve the stature of their Western counterparts: like the removal of their calf muscles for slimmer thighs; usage of dyes, bleaches, hot irons that cause hair loss for their hair; inorganic make up, especially eye-makeup which is primarily composed of carbon.
At least women of today no longer use lead-based powder to improve their complexion the way the Ancient Greeks did, at least, not any that I know of ."
"Beauty should never be the main thing we judge a woman by. Beauty is a nice extra if you have it but if you don't it shouldn't invalidate your intellect, your personality, or your achievements.
Pageants/contests like this only focus on the looks of a girl/woman, basically telling them and others that their main if not only worth is in their appearance and that they should seek validation based on this from other people, rather than doing so to please themselves first."
"Judging anybody by appearance alone is terrible These pageants teach girls that their main if not only worth is in their appearance, and that any effort they put into their appearance is first and foremost for the purpose of others happiness and that they should seek validation from others based upon this. Beauty is nice but it isn't a patch on and can never replace nor stand substitute for intellect and personality. The intellect and personality should be what we judge girls and women on. The beauty of these girls and women is a side issue, a nice extra if they have it, but if they don't it shouldn't invalidate any of their other great qualities or achievements. And so beauty should never be the main focal point in a competition of any kind."
The world of beauty queens and pageants was in the hot seat last week, and not just because of the racist online comments hurled at Nina Davuluri after she became the first woman of Indian descent to be named Miss America.
In France, legislators moved to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that they promote the "hyper-sexualization" of minors. A measure even proposes jail time and a fine for violators " including parents and organizers " who sponsor or encourage "access to these competitions" for anyone under age 16, the Associated Press reported.
The French Senate approved the bill, but it must be passed by a lower house of parliament before becoming law.
According to The Guardian, the attention to the "Mini-Miss" beauty pageants was prompted by debates over a 2010 photo spread in French Vogue featuring a 10-year-old girl in heavy makeup, high-heeled shoes and tight clothes and pouting provocatively.
Such a ban wouldn't fly in the USA, says sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman, a research associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of the new book Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture.
"Historically and legally, our system defers to parents to make the right decision for their child," she says. "We see the family as more of a private entity."
Karen Kataline, a mental health professional near Denver who participated in child pageants in the 1960s, says she understands the motivation to ban the competitions, but doesn't think that's the answer. The problem "is not just the pageants, it's the parents" who support and encourage the sexualization of their children, says Kataline, author of the memoir FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin " A Cautionary Tale.
"I'm not against children singing and dancing on stage, but you want them to sing and dance and perform in age-appropriate ways," she says. "Today, we've pushed the envelope to ridiculous degrees."
The proposed penalties of up to two years in prison and $40,000 in fines "seem a bit extreme" but the concerns are certainly legitimate, says Martina Cartwright, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona. Her research on child pageants was published last year in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
A task force of the American Psychological Association noted that "girls who are sexualized early will tend to gather their self-worth as an adult based on their appearance," says Cartwright. And there's also the issue of certain adults who "make the assumption that the girls have the ability to make adult decisions just based on the way they look rather than their actual age."
She doubts, however, that a ban will adequately address the issue of girls and women "being judged solely on appearance, and the idea that self-worth is only based on how they look."
As seen on the hit TLC reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, and its spin-off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, child beauty pageants put a premium on appearance. And in the case of so-called "high-glitz" pageants it's an appearance that requires girls to dress up and perform like pint-size adults, complete with fake hair, spray tans, full makeup, ornate costumes and even artificial teeth (known as flippers).
Glitz pageants are a multibillion-dollar business now, having exploded since Toddlers & Tiaras came on in 2009, says Cartwright, a registered dietitian who started researching pageants as a result of her work with young performers and athletes.
The average total cost of participating in a single competition, according to Cartwright's research: $3,000 to $5,000.
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PEOPLE WHO ARE VOTING, LOOK INTO HIS ARGUMENT. I BET HE PLAGIARIZED OTHER STUFF
I will try and be polite when critisizing you. There are quite a few things, which are incorrect and invalid about your argument and you should never use USA TODAY as your evidence for a political issue because the people of USA TODAY write WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR. So here are a list of things I found that
1. "Karen Kataline, a mental health professional near Denver who participated in child pageants in the 1960s, says she understands the motivation to ban the competitions, but doesn't think that's the answer. The problem "is not just the pageants, it's the parents" who support and encourage the sexualization of their children, says Kataline, author of the memoir FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin " A Cautionary Tale." This quote literally says, "she understands the motivation to ban the competitions, but doesn't think that is the answer." YOUR DEFENSE LITERALLY SAYS THAT BANNING CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS IS NOT THE ANSWER
2. "The proposed penalties of up to two years in prison and $40,000 in fines "seem a bit extreme" I am quoting FROM YOUR OWN EVIDENCE that banning beauty pageants would be difficult to enforce.
2. "It also makes women and girls believe that beauty is the most important thing ever when really your personality is what is most important!!!So that is why beauty contests without a doubt must be banned!" This is an opinion because what is your justification that personality is more important than good looks. This is subjective evidence, which may apply to more people, but that does not mean that you should ban it from those whose lives revolve around it. Just because a person dislikes what people do to themselves in beauty pageants does not mean you have to ban it and ruin a person's career.
3. You are saying that people going out of their way to make themselves attractive is a bad thing. It is actually a good thing because it encourages people to make themselves look more attractive and more likely to reproduce AKA EVOLUTION. The promotion of increasing your chances of reproducing is a good thing because it allows humans to have a greater chance of survival.
4. "Beauty contests must be banned because it lowers girls and woman's self-esteem and confidence when they don't win." According to this logic, anything that could lower your self-esteem through losing should be banned such as sports and the presidential election. That does not make any sense.
This whole thing only shows that beauty pageants are not looked highly upon, but that does not mean that you should ban them. Banning them would deprive people of jobs and a career and the only reason for banning it that you don't like it. I have a solution for those who do not like it. DON'T WATCH IT
1: Your person is a mental health pro. They should know then they and everyone else knows when someone looses that makes people think they aren't good enough.
"The world of beauty pageants may seem all fancy and fun - the glamorous girls, the pretty dresses, the shining tiaras - but the truth, it isn't. In fact, it's far from it. The consequences of pageants can be very harsh on every participant, but with children, it's much worse. Sure, the girls may seem like they're having a blast, getting to be a princess for a while, but beauty pageants actually have a huge negative impact on girls' minds, and can cause problems throughout their lives."
2A: The resource said the punishment is a bit extreme. They did not say it would be hard to enforce.
2B: Parents are often responsible for the participation of girls in the competitions, and even sometimes influence the girls" behavior. The experience parents have with beauty contests is the reason why they expose their children to them. In some cases, it is just a matter of a dream they did not have and are living it vicariously through their daughters. Some moms on lower socioeconomic levels think competition is healthy, others claim that they put their children into beauty contests so they can meet others.
3: Girls looking attractive is fine. The problem here though is beauty contest. Plus yes we could survive, but there is another problem with your statement. We are running out of space.
The global population is growing at a faster rate than ever before. But can our planet sustain seven billion people? Some politicians and experts are rethinking our current economic and social models.
There will be nine billion people by 2050
By the end of October, a baby will be born somewhere on this planet that will, according to United Nations estimates, make the global population add up to seven billion.
Experts like to call our population growth a "population explosion." In the last 200 years, the growth rate has been the fastest in the history of humankind. By 2050, the global population is expected to exceed 9.1 billion.
According to the UN, every individual is born with unalienable rights: the right to the protection of his or her dignity, a right to food and water, education, health and housing. Most individuals are likely to dream of material wealth and well-being, based on a Western lifestyle.
India is soon to be the world's most populous country
But is the planet actually able to support this Western model? "The typical US-American or European lifestyle is not sustainable," says Ernst Ulrich von Weizs"cker, German environmental expert and member of the World Future Council. If the world continues along its current growth part, he is convinced "we would need three planets."
According to UN predictions, India is set to overtake China as the country with the largest population. At the same time, population figures in industrialized countries are shrinking. Industrialized societies and, increasingly, densely populated emerging economies have the highest consumption rate of resources, be it food, water, earth, fossil fuels or precious metals.
Ralf F"cks of the Green party believes that the fossil era, based on consumption of fossil resources, is no longer sustainable. Neither the current energy nor the transport system can be reproduced at the global level, he says.
And then there's climate change
Developing nations are at risk of climate-related disasters
There are also growing concerns that climate change may lead to average temperatures rising to around four degrees Celsius. Should these concerns become reality, then - according to the United Nations Development Program - some 330 million people would be faced with devastating floods and forced to leave their homes. In Bangladesh alone some 70 million people are likely to be affected.
At the same time, many of the world"s regions may soon become too arid to sustain farming, adding further pressure on global resources, drinking water, food and land.
Limited resources and climate change jar with the current ideas of development based on the assumptions of limitless growth, says von Weizs"cker. He calls such assumptions "absurd," and does not expect the much-promised development through global, liberalized markets to do much to help.
On the contrary, the scientist believes, "the financial crisis of 2008 proved that the almost religious belief in the markets" creative power was devastatingly wrong. Markets are able to create an incredible amount of damage."
4: yes, but those people make themselves healthier in the process of getting better. Not in beauty contests. William Pinsof, a psychologist, says that '"Being a little Barbie doll says your body has to be a certain way and your hair has to be a certain way. In girls particularly, this can unleash a whole complex of destructive self-experiences that can lead to eating disorders and all kinds of body distortions in terms of body image"'
1. You stated, "Your person is a mental health pro. They should know then they and everyone else knows when someone looses that makes people think they aren't good enough." I was directly quoting from your copy and pasted article. Also, if the girls are choosing to be in the beauty pageants, then why are you stopping them. It is there choice and it is not directly impacting your life. It impacts your life indirectly so slightly because you make it seem as though all girls are trying to become beauty pageant queens. However, the majority of people in the world are normal people. Their lives are mostly free from beauty pageants and their impact and they are content. However, those people may have high expectations for their own personal beauty, but beauty is evolving and people are simply trying to compete with the need to feel beautiful and better about themselves. Why do you care so much? You are not required to be in a child beauty pageant. Plus, beauty standards would be present in the world regardless of whether there are pageants or not. It is just juan nature.
2. It would be hard to enforce banning beauty pageants if they were to be banned, which you said in the quote, "The resource said the punishment is a bit extreme. They did not say it would be hard to enforce." If it is so easy to reinforce, then give me one good and ethical way that you can reinforce it. They are difficult to reinforce because they are committing no crime but rather are only offending a select group of people.
3. Beauty pageant should not get banned to save the world's population. How in anyway will that significantly affect the population of the earth? If we want to control the population, then we could be putting more people on birth control and encourage parents to have two or less children. You are getting completely off topic and you are not explaining how this relates to beauty pageants. You need to not regurgitate facts that you hear online and make educated claims about what you are saying.
4. If turning into a Barbie makes the girl feel good about herself, who are you to stop her? If it gives her live a form of purpose and a form of happiness then why is it necessary to ban it? You do not have to be a beauty pageant contestant so let those who want to enter a beauty pageant, enter and make themselves feel better.
Also, I have one question for you
How will banning beauty pageants solve anything?
There will still be beauty standards and people will be competing to look more beautiful. Over time people will go greater distances to make themselves more beautiful. By banning beauty pageant, something else will take its place and your attempt to ban beauty pageants will be useless.
1: I care about people. I don't like to see people hurt themselves because they are not good enough. Give whatever money I have to those in need. I also help people when needed. I just don't like the fact that adults and children could hurt themselves just because they think they are not good enough. Just thinking I could save at least 1 life by banning beauty contests is a good enough reason for me to do this.
2: The NCIS could have no problem finding out when and where a beauty contest is. Plus sometimes girls in those pageants break a few laws. So they find them and stop it.
3: I am not getting off topic at all. Quoting from round 2 of your own words, "The promotion of increasing your chances of reproducing is a good thing because it allows humans to have a greater chance of survival." We are currently running out of room. Then you come in and say in round 3, "If we want to control the population, then we could be putting more people on birth control and encourage parents to have two or less children. You are getting completely off topic and you are not explaining how this relates to beauty pageants. You need to not regurgitate facts that you hear online and make educated claims about what you are saying." So the fact remains that I am not off topic whereas, you re the one who brought up the increase in survival. First you say let's have more people because of survival, and now you are saying birth control so in a way you are contradicting your own words.
4: q: If turning into a Barbie makes the girl feel good about herself, who are you to stop her?
A: I am to stop her because if not me, she could never win and she could kill herself. I am not letting that happen.
Q: If it gives her live a form of purpose and a form of happiness then why is it necessary to ban it?
A: it only gives the winner a form of happiness. I rather ban it and make 1 person unhappy, whereas we could not ban it and make a group of girls/women unhappy.
Q: How will banning beauty pageants solve anything?
A: I rather ban beauty contest because beauty contests won't get you anywhere in life. Really it pretty much won't. Become athletic or smart and that might get you somewhere. Don't get hooked up on what you wear and look like, because deep down someone will like you for who you are.
Banning beauty contests will be worth it knowing I saved at least 1 person from dying or doing something horrible to themselves.
"The NCIS could have no problem finding out when and where a beauty contest is. Plus sometimes girls in those pageants break a few laws. So they find them and stop it." That is what the romans said when they were trying to ban christianity but they failed. There are ways around this.
"I am not getting off topic at all." That is just a lie, but for the sake of arguing I will rebuttal it. "The promotion of increasing your chances of reproducing is a good thing because it allows humans to have a greater chance of survival." That is a good thing because we are not oppressing our human instinct of having sex, which gives the allusion of reproducing, even though there are ways to avoid reproducing. And we need to put people on birth control because there are too many people on the earth already and we need to cut the population down.
"I am to stop her because if not me, she could never win and she could kill herself." Really? You want to stop her because she could kill herself. So should I stop skydiving because someone could get killed? YOU ARE NOT THE LITTLE GIRL!!! WHY ARE YOU STOPPING HER FROM DOING WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO!!
" I rather ban beauty contest because beauty contests won't get you anywhere in life. " BEAUTY PAGEANT IS THERE LIFE!! By banning it you are taking it away!!
"it only gives the winner a form of happiness. I rather ban it and make 1 person unhappy, whereas we could not ban it and make a group of girls/women unhappy." YOU WOULD MAKE EVERYONE UNHAPPY. Don't you get it? You are taking away their career. I understand you have good intentions but that is not right. What right do you have to stop them because I feel like it?
You are trying to help, which is why instead of banning it, we could educate people why it is not good. Don't take a girl's right to choose what she wants to do when she grows up.
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