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paigemsc2014
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tuozzolomsc2014
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Beauty Pageants

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/19/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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paigemsc2014

Con

Beauty Pageants in general include the fact that the contestants are being evaluated as objects and gender stereotypes. Each contest is judged based on their beauty, which creates a stereotypical image of the "perfect, beautiful" woman. Each contestant competes against each other based on beauty. Sometimes, pageant girls strive for unrealistic body qualities, because of the overall image of the perfect woman involves a twig like figure, covered in makeup, with a spray tan. Sometimes, pageant girls become depressed due to the unsatisfaction of their overall image. As a whole, beauty pageants are negative for our society because they profess an unrealistic image of the ideal woman in which all woman believe that they need to follow, which leads to unhealthy lives and choices that the contestants chose to make.
tuozzolomsc2014

Pro

Beauty Pageants give women a chance to improve their social skills. Social skills are crucial today considering most struggle interacting with people or even publically speaking in front of large crowds. Those are essential especially if you are in college, or you have a job that includes presenting something in front of an audience. Pageants also give a self confidence boost. It provides them a chance with being comfortable in front of strangers which in turn, makes them feel pretty good about themselves. By being comfortable in front of strangers and crowds, it gives them a chance to also take up new activites like dance, drama, singing, etc. Tons of communication is involved not only with the contestants but even the parents. Communication as in the parents work together to prepare the kids for the pageants.
Debate Round No. 1
paigemsc2014

Con

Beauty pageants do in fact improve social skills due to the Q&A part of the pageant, however, the question of the contestants genuineness and truth is questionable. There is a question of the consistency of answers from the contestants. During the pageant, the contestants are asked a question from a broad pool of topics consisting of society issues. During the pageant, some contestants due in fact get harder questions than others, but it is their answer that sometimes determines the outcome of the winner of the pageant. For instance, this past year at the USA pageant, a contestant from Ohio did not answer the question correctly, therefore she lost her chance at winning completely. The contest involves beauty and brains, however the question of truth in their answer is what is questionable. Whether the contestant answers truthfully or not, the judges will never know. Whether their answers are valid or truthful remains up in the air.
tuozzolomsc2014

Pro

It is true some could easily lie however the winner isn't just based on their answer. The judges base it on how they carry themself in general. Granted, their answer can sure be a factor because if they sound uninteligent they will clearly be punished for it. This is exactly where social skills come into play with the good parts of pageants. If one wasn't confident enough to be on stage and speak freely and openly with confidence, they would be deducted from the pageant. The judges pick the winner by how they carry themself all in one. If they have good speaking and interacting skills, it helps the judges pick a winnter. If they freeze up and can't speak, it is clear they won't be the winner. Social skills weigh more than the answer alone would.
Debate Round No. 2
paigemsc2014

Con

It still baffles me that some pageant girls in fact starve themselves in order to feel confident and beautiful. The question of whether or not the pageant girl is a "real" person is questionable because of all the steps they do to prepare for the pageants which include, spray tans, ridiculous diets, insane daily workouts, and sometimes, botox. Just to feel confident, society puts a tremendous amount of pressure of the girl to beautiful. Sadly, some girls only think you can be beautiful by doing all those things to yourself. This sets a bad example for non-pageant girls because it leads them to think that in order to be beautiful, you need to be "all done up" or simply to work for the perfect body which may lead to risking your health. As a whole, I think that the "confidence" in beauty pageant girls consists of all unrealistic qualities rather than having natural beauty.
tuozzolomsc2014

Pro

Beauty pageants tie into confidence. They are being judged based on their confidence. Most kids in this day in age lack confidence. Confidence is essential. If you lack it, you will never be happy or satisfied with yourself. Beauty pageants give kids a chance to be confident with who they are and with other people. They are judged by their level of confidence on stage. It is basically a pageant of confidence, that ties in with other things such as looks, fashion, etc. It provides them with a sense of accomplishment along with the confidence. Its been debated that these should serve as extra curricular activities, however, should not be interfered with academics. The winner of the pageants usually receive scholarships. The pageants also involve community service.
Debate Round No. 3
paigemsc2014

Con

The pressure on the pageant girls may sometimes lead to psychological issues within the individual. Although the person might look poise, and beautiful on the outside, that person on the inside may be suffering from diseases like anoxeria, or other severe physical or mental diseases. The pressure from parents, coaches, friends, and others may sometimes lead to an unhealthy girl. Psychologically, being under this amount of stress, the individual may become uneasy with herself and become depression and less motivated. The pressure of approval from others also contributes to the stress levels. A person who suffers from unhealthy diseases is not a well rounded role model for others.
tuozzolomsc2014

Pro

With all that being said, it is true. Some girls could undergo issues like that. However, studies have shown pageants make girls feel good about themselves. The majority of them go into the pageants because they love the self confidence level boost it provides them. Granted, the girls should feel confident with or without make up but if that's what it takes for them to be confident then so be it. Pageants could also be a game changer. Girls could go in their feeling awful about themselves and then get on stage and realize all of the phenomenal qualities they do have.
Debate Round No. 4
paigemsc2014

Con

The money spent for the outfits, spray tans, makeup, and training sessions is unethical. The amount of money spent by the parents to create the "beauty" is not essential. I believe that it is not necessary to spend these numerous amounts of money. Sometimes, in the pageants, the women with the prettiest gowns win. Sometimes, it turns into a competition with who has the most money, which is sad. Pageants should be about a competition with natural beauty, eleligence, and intelligence.
tuozzolomsc2014

Pro

It is the parent's decisions to use the money towards the pageants. The amounts of money spent towards pageants is a little ridiculous but if the parent's of the contestants chose to spend their money that way then so be it. The parents could be willing to spend the money if their child struggles with social issues. They figure it would be a good investment because it would help improve those issues. If they consider it money well spent, they will go about sending it.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by whalenmsc2014 3 years ago
whalenmsc2014
I think beauty pageants have been blown out of proportion ever since they were "commercialized" on reality tv shows. I do not think they help young girls at all, since they focus on perfect complexions, hair, body, tan, talents, smile, shoes, and more. I also think they cause major behavior problems in children and adults since children and adults want to win, so they will do everything and anything they can to get first place. I do know that not all beauty pageants are like this, and I applaud the ones who do improve girls confidence and social skills the right way and not the "Toddlers and Tiaras" kind of way.
Posted by LDESAULNIERSNHS 3 years ago
LDESAULNIERSNHS
Well done -- I am no fan of beauty pageants, but I appreciate the thoughtful points raised in supporting them. However, it could be my bias, I still side with the con argument!
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