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pageantgrl
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Danielle
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Child beauty pageants are a fun way for kids to build self confidece and meet friends

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Started: 10/8/2009 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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pageantgrl

Pro

pageants are fun for any child to meet friends and build confidence but mostly I believe pageants should just be for girls
Danielle

Con

Introduction:

To clarify, Pro must prove that child beauty pageants are fun (something that provides amusement), and that participants both build confidence and meet friends in the process. As Con, it is my burden to detail why beauty pageants may not be fun, and challenge the idea that contestants build confidence and/or meet friends. Good luck to Pro, whom so far has offered absolutely no arguments in her favor.

Arguments:

While pageants may in fact be considered fun to some participants, the reality is that what is being done to these young girls is child abuse. According to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Acts, child abuse is "the physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, of a child under circumstances which indicate the child's health or welfare is threatened or harmed." The very nature of these pageants ensures that this criteria is met.

While defenders of child beauty pageants may claim that they give contestants confidence, the truth is that the amount of pressure put on these girls in addition to all of the other traumas they endure makes this experience a draining and harmful one - not a fun and rewarding one. First, most of the girls engaging in these pageants are too young to make informed and unbiased decisions about their participation. Many parents live vicariously through their children to fulfill their own dreams of being beauty queens. Even those who seemingly choose this hobby do so only because of the encouragement or pressure of their family to do so. Indeed young girls are too young to care about coiffed up-dos to the point of it being a contest. This competitiveness is the result of parental brainwashing.

The amount of pressure put on these young girls to win is absurd. In addition to worrying about pleasing their parents (and sometimes enduring their wrath in case of a loss), these kids also deal with disappointing themselves as they hype up winning and beat themselves up if they lose. All in all, these pageants are very detrimental to a child's self-esteem. Studies have shown that for every child who may derive some benefit from the competition, hundreds of others suffer damage to their self-esteem and develop warped values about their bodies, which often lead to anorexia or bulimia.

Overall, I fail to see how competing in these pageants increases one's self-esteem. These young women cannot win by being themselves; instead, they are expected to dress up in lavish outfits and wear ten pounds of make up in order to look suitable or on part with the other competitors. How is one thinking that they must be all made-up in order to be beautiful contributing to one's self-esteem? I'd argue that this practice in fact does the opposite.

The emotional damage that children endure hurt not only their mental and physical well-being as it pertains to themselves, but their safety is often in jeopardy as well. These beauty pageants often sexualize little girls, which makes them a prime target for pedophiles and other predators. These young girls are being brainwashed into thinking that there are specific ways a woman should act (hyper-feminine) and dress (glamorous and revealing). This inhibits their personal growth and may devalue their personhood. Additionally, many of these girls become competitive with one another because of their obsession to win and intense pressure to win. As such, making enemies - not friends - becomes part of the routine.

References:

[1] http://billyreedsays.com...
[2] Jeannie Ralston, "The High Cost of Beauty." Parenting. Nov. 2001:132-133.
[3] Kareen Nussbaum, "Children and Beauty Pageants." A Minor Consideration.
[4] Lise Hilboldt-Stolley, "Pretty Babies." Good Housekeeping Feb. 1999.
[5] William J Cromie, "The Whys and Woes of Beauty Pageants." Gazette.
Debate Round No. 1
pageantgrl

Pro

even though that pageants my not be fun on con's part but most little kids enjoy doing it for the love of the sport pageants also any kid good manners or how to show how to win or loose becuase some children grow up in a home that winning is the only thing that is acceptable in that house hold but when you get your child to loose it is okay to show that they had fun. you also don't need a lot of make up that is why they have natural pageants were they child goes on with just his/her face with a smile then they have glitz were they child looks like a little 20 year old but it's a fun why for for girls to be who they are if they are a true girly girl.
Danielle

Con

Please extend all of my arguments, as Pro has barely touched upon any of the issues that I have presented.
Debate Round No. 2
pageantgrl

Pro

it increases one self esteem because if the child win it makes him/her feel happy for them self's and can prove to him or her that he or she is hansom or beautiful. that term of pageants some time that are not based on beauty but also on the child's inner beauty and personality
Danielle

Con

You'll notice that Pro has not even attempted to argue how or why that participating in these pageants is fun for young girls. On the contrary, I've pointed out how these pageants are literally a form of child abuse according to the definition provided by two federal government acts of legislation. Additionally, I've explained how these pageants actually cause harm and inflict emotional, mental and sometimes even physical damage amongst participants. Pro noted in the last round that winning makes a child feel beautiful or handsome. First, I don't know why Pro is mentioning "handsome" since one of the only things she said in a previous round was that she believes these pageants should be limited to girls only. Second, only ONE person out of all of the contestants can be the winner. That means that there are far greater chances and occurrences of losing than winning. Additionally, I doubt one person would win every time. I've detailed how the pressures of losing these contests costs a great deal of stress and other burdens that young children are inept to cope with at such a young age. Moreover, Pro hasn't proven that children even want to partake in these endeavors, let alone argue that people tend to make friends at these events. Meanwhile, I've noted how most of these relationships become competitive to the point where it's unhealthy. So, overall, Pro has nowhere near fulfilled her burden of affirming the resolution. I encourage a vote for the Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by pageantgrl 8 years ago
pageantgrl
its fine because this was my first time doing this so i had no idea what to do lol
Posted by philosphical 8 years ago
philosphical
I could hardly the same to your part though. (no offence pageantgrl)
Posted by pageantgrl 8 years ago
pageantgrl
well i guess your beating me but it was a good fight on your part
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