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Beauty contests should be banned.

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Started: 2/14/2015 Category: Fashion
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I will be arguing for banning beauty contests because beauty contests promote an ideal look of female beauty to which only a minority of women can realistically aspire, but which adds to the pressure on all women to conform to it. This can be harmful to women by encouraging dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery, or simply by making them feel inadequate and ugly by comparison to this "ideal" that is promoted. Moreover, these contests force the models and contestants to look even slimmer and perfect all the time, thus encouraging anorexia and bulimia.

My opponent should accept if he/she thinks they can argue against banning beauty contests.


I accept. The personally freedoms in this country includes the right to be able to compete in a beauty contests, whether it is looked down on by people such as myself and you. If these people want to be judged by appearance, then what makes you think that you have the right to ban these contests.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank-you for the acceptance con. I hope this debate will be a very interesting and a well discussed topic.

I agree with what you are saying but beauty pageants do limit the choice of others due to putting pressure on women to conform to this ideal of beauty which is promoted. This is limiting the lifestyle choices of many more women than choose to take part in the pageants.

Also women in beauty contests are judged on their physical appearance rather than on any other qualities they may possess (the existence of a "talent" element in many such contests is all very well, but ugly women simply aren't going to win). Judging women, but not men, primarily on their looks contributes to the subjugation of women because other qualities, such as intelligence, are not seen as part of ideal femininity and therefore not as things to which women should aspire. Ideal masculinity, while in itself potentially damaging to men, tends to be construed in much wider and less restrictive terms - it is notable that male beauty contests, judging men on their physical appearance, are much less popular than female ones.


Influencing someone's decision does not mean that it is a good reason for it to be banned. Influence is a great way for a new era to emerge from orthodozew and traditional ways. The pressure that you are talking about that women are being pressured to is not a reason for them to be banned. That sounds like a personal problem that isn't going to get solved by banning beauty contests. And beauty contests are not the main contributing factor in women feeling bad about their looks. There are celebrities and there are models too but to only pin the blame on beauty pageants would be unfair. If you have ever seen a beauty pageant, they actually do factor in talent in areas such as world view or just a special talent that you possess. Plus, a beauty pageant is supposed to be a physical contest. If you want to do a mental contest, then you should do activities, such as :). The point that I am trying to get at is that people may feel the pressure increase because of these contests but it really is just a personal problem that should not interfere with other people's liberties.
Debate Round No. 2


I feel you are only arguing that is it okay for people to become beauty pageants if they want to, if is up to them if they want to be judged on their appearance. What about the other people? It affects others, as well as the beauty pageants in my opinion.

Beauty contests are harmful. It teaches children the worth of a person is almost solely based on appearance. They increase dieting, eating disorders, and lowers their self esteem causing them to feel simply inaccurate and ugly. These contests objectify women.

They have so much pressure put on them and they will either grow up feeling that they are ugly and will never be good enough or believing that they are some sort of royalty and acting like snobs. Just watch "Toddlers and Tiaras" on TLC when the girls are getting ready and you'll see that it hurts to put on fake lashes and fake hair etc. Plus they could end up anorexic and getting plastic surgery and going on unnecessary diets, which by the way is unhealthy. They either break you down or make you into a mean, snobby, horrible person.

Beauty pageants are degrading and harmful to women and children. They turn women into objects to be used and played with. They make the women that don't make it through feel bad about their looks and make even those the do get through feel like they still have to do something to look prettier. Beauty pageants also set false standards about how beautiful women are supposed to look. So just because a woman is thin and "health?" With certain looks makes them beautiful? Women that are thick or big can't be pretty or beautiful? Some say that beauty is only skin deep, well it isn't, a person can have a beautiful soul. A beautiful man or woman can be either kind or horrible. Someone who isn't attractive can have a beautiful soul or an ugly one. In beauty pageants beauty is only skin deep, and it puts others down.


Yes, it affects others sometimes in a negative way. But honestly, it is a personal problem that is not trying to be caused by the beauty pageants. The reason that these things happen is in order to try and show off superior appearance. The fact that these little girls are jealous of supposedly "more attractive girls" is just a matter of jealousy. The fact of the matter is jealousy in someone else's "superior appearance" does not give them the right to get rid of the contest. There needs to be more of a contributing factor than it makes girls jealous. Plus, you are only targeting beauty pageants. There are so many other competitions that makes kids feel horrible about themselves that you are not addressing. Does that mean that everything that makes people feel bad and get jealous should get banned?

Unfortunately, these contests do teach little girls at a young age that appearance is extremely important from everything from their Barbie Doll to watching the TV and seeing a pretty lady, etc. This is inevitable and young people will take an interest in their appearance. But to solely blame every bit of this competition on the beauty contest is missing the point. If we banned everything that made women feel bad for their appearance, so many show, model, toys, etc. would be banned just because of that reason. It unfortunately is a personal problem that cannot affect the legality of an issue.

Beauty pageants turn women into objects? It shows of the beauty of these women hence the name beauty pageants. Of course, there are perverts about there that will objectify women for anything but that goes outside of beauty pageants. I understand that some people are getting hurt from this but you have to understand that it is not an explicit attack on these women, but rather the apparent need to keep up with these women fashion wise. I do not understand how this is a bad thing though. If by teaching them to make an effort in your appearance, this increases their chances to find a partner and how is increasing appearance to find a partner bad. It promotes the sexual selection that evolution so strongly demands.

You have failed to address though how banning beauty contests does not affect our liberties? You also just explained indirect personal problems of a group of people that is going to directly affect the group of people that appreciate the beauty contests.

This being the last round, I would like to thank you for your time and a great debate and good luck on any future debates.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by kdog519 1 year ago
Ok, I believe that beauty contests should not be banned. Just because some one may be sad because they don't think they are beautiful enough and that's why they didn't win the beauty contest, they need to suck it up!! I think its ridiculous, for women who think they are beautiful, good for them. They have a choice whether they want to do it or not. Beauty Queens don't run off stage because they lost and they think they aren't beautiful or good enough. They except it and they try again later and come back stronger. THEY SHOULD NOT BE BANNED.
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