The Instigator
capuckett
Pro (for)
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The Contender
TheWalkingDrums
Con (against)
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7 Points

Beauty Pageants are more harmful than helpful to girls.

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capuckett
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/22/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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capuckett

Pro

Beauty pageants objectify women and justify judging women based on their appearance. Beauty pageants themselves show how women are continually being objectified through the media. Their overall attractiveness is surveyed before a panel of judges, and the women conduct themselves in a way to please the audience.. While it is natural to enjoy looking at beautiful things, the overall message that beauty pageants gives to people is a negative one.
TheWalkingDrums

Con

I accept the challenge, and wishing a good debate.

Beauty pageant encourages women to beautify themselves and see the beauty from them. Some contestants are not really that beautiful, but because they learn to see the beauty in them, so, they gain confidence.
Debate Round No. 1
capuckett

Pro

Thank you for accepting my challenge.

Beauty contests are criticized by child psychologists as damaging a child's priorities and perceptions. Children who compete in beauty pageants are often between the age of 2 and 10, but they can be even younger. According to psychologist Martina M. Cartwright, these participants often have self-esteem issues later in life.

Beauty pageants are not only emotionally difficult, they are physically harmful.One of the most widely used products in child pageants is hair spray, which contains phthalates, or plasticizers, that can act as hormone disruptors.for a growing girl, the effects could prove detrimental. Excessive exposure to phthalates has been linked to stunted growth and even lung cancer.

A 2007 report by the American Psychological Association found that the hypersexualization of young girls is strongly associated with eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression, says Melissa Henson at CNN. It can also even lead to fewer girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

A San Francisco mother hit the news in early 2011 when she was investigated by child welfare authorities for giving Botox injections to her 8-year-old daughter. The mother reported that the use of Botox on children was not uncommon in the world of child beauty pageants. Such contests for children have been controversial, raising questions about their effects on kids.
TheWalkingDrums

Con

The purpose of beauty is pageant is to expose people, particularly women, in their abilities, and see how they look good inside and outside.

"A beauty pageant or beauty contest, is a competition that mainly focuses on the physical beauty of its contestants, although such contests often incorporate personality, talent, and answers to judges' questions as judged criteria. The phrase almost invariably refers only to contests for women and girls; similar events for men or boys are called by other names and are more likely to be bodybuilding contests. Winners of beauty contests are often called beauty queens. Children's beauty pageants mainly focus on beauty, gowns, sportswear modelling, talent, and personal interviews. Adult and teen pageants focus on makeup, hair and gowns, swimsuit modelling, and personal interviews. Possible awards include titles, tiaras or crowns, sashes, savings bonds, and cash prizes."

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"Beauty pageants are not only emotionally difficult, they are physically harmful.One of the most widely used products in child pageants is hair spray, which contains phthalates, or plasticizers, that can act as hormone disruptors.for a growing girl, the effects could prove detrimental. Excessive exposure to phthalates has been linked to stunted growth and even lung cancer."

Beauty pageant, just like any other field, is based on your own strategy. Taking illegal drugs for the contest is not the fault of the pageant itself.

"A 2007 report by the American Psychological Association found that the hypersexualization of young girls is strongly associated with eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression, says Melissa Henson at CNN. It can also even lead to fewer girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics."

I am not a psychologist, but you have to be prepared when taking in such contests. As for women, they have to be prepared. Pageant, even for males, needs confidence and expectation of negative effects like people bullying and bothering you. Its PART of ANY contests.

"A San Francisco mother hit the news in early 2011 when she was investigated by child welfare authorities for giving Botox injections to her 8-year-old daughter. The mother reported that the use of Botox on children was not uncommon in the world of child beauty pageants. Such contests for children have been controversial, raising questions about their effects on kids."

Its not the fault of pageant, but the mother's fault. As said, when you join in any game, like contests, its your strategy. Taking those drugs or any ornaments is not required in pageants, the same thing, taking steroids is not required in any sports.

Looking forward for Round 3. My conclusion would be posted on Round 3.

Back to Pro.
Debate Round No. 2
capuckett

Pro

Thank you for this debate. Here is my conclusion:

I have mentioned how beauty pageants are harmful physically and emotionally, but they also damage the relationship between mother and child, and pageant competitors.

The child may begin to see her competitors as enemies and this perception can follow into everyday life, creating a divide in all of her human interactions. According to clinical psychologist Lucia Grasaru, the type of interaction is "dissimulation as a form of interaction, which can be used outside contests too and become a habit."

"I think it"s fun if they want to play dress up for a little while, but to insist on making that a career or that they"re going to be a model or a Hollywood star, the chances are very slim," he said.
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor of http://psychcentral.com...

Because beauty pageants pressure children to look "perfect," beauty pageants should not be a culturally accepted activity for children.
TheWalkingDrums

Con

Conclusion Round:

Its the choice of every people who join contests and games on how they will win the game and its not the contest's itself that is the reason why some people are fighting over it.

Beauty pageants for sure do not require their players to use botox or any kind of harmful drugs, the same way, a sport like basketball and boxing won't require their players to use steroids to win it - its the player's strategy and choice.

Thank you for the debate, hope you have a rematch with you soon.

God bless. :)
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Reasons for voting decision: I do believe beauty pageants are helpful to girls, to show off their beauty and/or talent.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro wins the debate by substantiating his claims that beauty pageants are harmful to girls by providing several reputable sources to back his arguments. "Its the choice of every people who join contests and games on how they will win the game." In the case of the 8-year-old girl, this is a ridiculous statement. The choice is going to be primarily made by the parent, who noted "the use of Botox on children was not uncommon in the world of child beauty pageants." Con's point would have been more reasonable had he defended consenting adults or older teenagers. The other argument, "Taking illegal drugs for the contest is not the fault of the pageant itself" is weak since Pro was discussing a legal substance called hairspray. If beauty pageants were to disallow or otherwise discourage these substances, only then would Con's rebuttal have merit.