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Children's Beauty Pageants Do More Harm Than Good

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Started: 2/7/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Ejensen1

Pro

For decades, mothers have allowed their children to be exploited to judges. They charm their ways through the competition by waving, winking and blowing kisses, while their mothers trim them with false eyelashes and glittering heaps of makeup.

I'm thirteen and I'd like to know if anyone really thinks they can top my logic. I'm doing a project on this subject in language arts, writing a persuasive essay on this topic.

What is your take on my point of view?
Overcomingthe_Pain

Con

I will Accept your debate challenge.

I believe that Beauty Pageants can also do good and not just bad.
Debate Round No. 1
Ejensen1

Pro

Thank you for excepting.

Beauty pageants. A place where little girls' dreams of being princesses come true, where mothers live their childhood dreams through their daughters. Although in the past few years, the glitz and glam of beauty pageants has grown to accommodate certain things- male competitors, for example- they still have yet to see the horrors of their own show.

When a small child is encouraged to dress semi-maturely or maturely, flirt with judges to win them over or act like a full-grown adult; something is terribly wrong. It is one thing for teenagers and adults to 'strut their stuff' and act their age, but for a small girl it is inappropriate. Although, studies show that harmful things such as rape are not based off looks, it will still draw unneeded attention to the child.

I'm not saying the attention would be sexual or devious. But publicity can be bad for a child so young as eight, because they are easily impressionable and are not mentally mature enough to think for themselves.

Also, it can cause unwanted publicity that can endanger the child. May I refer to the Jonben"t Ramsey case? Jonben"t was deliberately murdered, because in the light of her extensive publicity, word got out that her family had been given $180,000. When Jonben"t was kidnapped, the ransom note said that the kidnapper wanted the $180,000 and if John and Patricia "Patty" Ramsey complied without reporting anything to authorities, that Jonben"t would be safely returned and they could forget the whole ordeal. Patty Ramsey still called the police about her daughter's disappearance and about eight hours later, Jonben"t was found- strangled with a piece of thin rope tied tightly around her neck and various abrasions about her head- in the cellar of the Ramsey home. Because of publicity towards the six year old beauty queen's extravagant wealth, she was murdered.

Finally, I'd like to tell you that about 2.5 million pageants take place around the world per year. About 2,000 participants are children and 6% (Roughly about 1,200 people) end up hospitalized with eating disorders. Plus, some mothers abuse their child. I've seen pageants where the children are hit and yelled at for losing or not doing well. If the child wins after being punished, the parent makes them an angel, like nothing ever happened. Beauty pageants can be a risk to the child's mental and physical health, because of their impressionable age.

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http://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.foxnews.com...
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http://www.writing.com...
http://www.pretendplaykitchenshop.com...
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http://cityjournal.dsc.rmit.edu.au...

Thank you again for accepting, I hope to see your next argument.
Overcomingthe_Pain

Con

That is a good point. But not ALL parents and children are like that.

Many children who have been or are in pageants have turned out alright. Yes, there are shows like toddlers and tiaras, but that is the fault of the parent not the child. If your child is a brat it is partially the kids fault, but if you haven't raised them right then it is your fault.

Not all children have to dress up inappropriately. That again is the fault of poor parents. Also children get a better sense of who they are as the grow up and are normally very confident people. They also learn how to be poised and learn proper etiquette.
Debate Round No. 2
Ejensen1

Pro

Ejensen1 forfeited this round.
Overcomingthe_Pain

Con

Another reason on why beauty pageants are good for children is that, because beauty pageants are so competitive, that if a child really likes doing beauty pageants they will have to learn patience, perserverance, and also sportsmanship(yes i know pageants are not a sport but if they keep a good attitude even if they lose then it will be better for them mentally).

"Pageants aren't always as venomous and dangerous as they are portrayed in the media. The parents of the contestants often go out of their way by helping other contestants in their last-minute preparations." says buzzle.com. They will also learn about not being selfish and just doing it for fun and not to be mean to others or show how beautiful and talented they are.

The children will also grow up more open minded, since beauty pageants allow anyone from any race or culture they will allow the opportunity for them to not be so closed in their thinking about other races and cultures, and also give them the opportunity to learn about other cultures.

Cites
www.buzzle.com/articles/child-beauty-pageants-pros-and-cons.html
Debate Round No. 3
Ejensen1

Pro

Ejensen1 forfeited this round.
Overcomingthe_Pain

Con

So with all this information i have come to the conclusion that beauty pageants also have good qualities.
Debate Round No. 4
Ejensen1

Pro

Ejensen1 forfeited this round.
Overcomingthe_Pain

Con

With all of this information, i have concluded that beauty pageants are a good thing to not all just bad.
Thank you for the few responses you gave
Debate Round No. 5
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