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Ban child beauty pageants?

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Ban child beauty pageants?

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The French Senate believes that children, particularly girls, are being sexualised too early. Its response has been to vote for a ban child beauty pageants by 197-146. The suggested amendment to laws on women’s rights will now be sent to the national assembly so the ban has not yet fully passed. But if it does pass then anyone who enters a child, anyone under 16, to such a pageant would face fines of up to €30,000 and two years in prison.

The amendment does not discriminate, it would ban boys pageants as well as girls. And it is sweeping as it does not specify the type of competition being banned instead simply declaring “Organizing beauty competitions for children under 16 is banned.” Such language means it is something that could extend well beyond formal beauty pageants and ban other forms of competition such as online photo contests.

The author of the amendment Chantal Jounno argues that

Chantal Jounno wrote:
The foundations of equal rights are threatened by the hyper-sexualization that touches children ... between 6 and 12 years old, At this age, you need to concentrate on acquiring knowledge. Yet with mini-Miss competitions and other demonstrations, we are fixing the projectors on their physical appearance. I have a hard time seeing how these competitions are in the greater interest of the child.

Maybe true but will this really prevent the sexualisation of children? Beauty contests simply seem to be an obvious target. This ban prevents all pageants, including those that specifically try to avoid sexualising the children involved by banning anything inappropriate for the child’s age such as makeup or high heels. Moreover they are not as prevalent in France as they are elsewhere, particularly the United States and because of this is would be difficult to seriously consider that such contests as a main cause of the sexualisation of children as the vast majority of children will never be involved in such a contest. At the same time as the Senate decided in favour of a ban on pageants it also voted against an amendment that would have restricted the use of models who are under 16 for children’s products and services. This is then perhaps not altogether a consistent policy.

Debatabase debate ‘This House would ban beauty contests’ http://idebate.org/debatabase/debates/culture/house-would-ban-beauty-contests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/french-senate-votes-to-ban-child-beauty-pageants-as-part-of-womens-rights-law/2013/09/18/4d7a9a9e-2040-11e3-9ad0-96244100e647_story.html

3 years 23 weeks ago
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Is banning beauty pageants really at the forefront of preventing sexualisation? Should there not be bans on advertising, or tougher controls on what children have access to online first? Seeing sexual material online and in adverts would seem to both be much more prevelant than taking part in beauty contests.

3 years 23 weeks ago
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I agree, but isn't banning beauty contests just one of many steps?

2 years 20 weeks ago
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i have to agree that we should band beauty padgents so that the  kids can get the stuff that they would like to have with having to have all that make up on them it also helps them learn that beauty is not the only  thing in their life that they are living in right now . they need to foucous on the school work

 

3 years 12 weeks ago
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Why are school work and being beautiful mutually exclusive? George Clooney's wife is smart and beautiful.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why are school work and being beautiful mutually exclusive? George Clooney's wife is smart and beautiful.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why are school work and being beautiful mutually exclusive? George Clooney's wife is smart and beautiful.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why are school work and being beautiful mutually exclusive? George Clooney's wife is smart and beautiful.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why are school work and being beautiful mutually exclusive? George Clooney's wife is smart and beautiful.

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why does focusing on beauty mean that women can't also be smart? What about George Clooney's wife?

2 years 20 weeks ago
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Why does focusing on beauty mean that women can't also be smart? What about George Clooney's wife?

2 years 20 weeks ago
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I actually do think that it will be better if there aren't any beuty pagents. The thing is, with all these beuty pageants and so forth, contestants learn that theyre more pretty than other children, wich leaves them with big ego's, wich can lead to them bullying other children, sometimes making the bullied victim depressed and even suicidal.... Especially when puberty hits and all they want is acceptance. 

And like what is the point of having a 6-year old win some big beuty pageant, just becuase she has some real pretty face? You basically just take away their growing up experience and instead teach them to be competitive and if they win, you give them te joy of winning, but if they lose the next time, they end up with your dissapointment in them, but even more important: you leave them with the dissapointment they have within themselves. You don't teach them to be strong and accept themselves, just they way they are. No you actually teach themselves to add a little make-up and be pretty and steal the competition.  

Later on the you make them also search for acceptance by others, and there is a chance then that they wont get that acceptance they need, and just like that they also become deppressed and suicidal. 

Plus, do you think a child at the age of six should wear make-up and wigs every day? I mean I think if you go talk to a dermatologist about it, I'm sure that he would also find it to the childs skin.

The other thing  is that the child spend being indoors were they could be outside playing, wich is also a fundamental part of growing up, and I'm sure there's a lot of docters out there who would back me up in this. 

And thats why I feel that beuty pageants and children should not mix.

2 years 39 weeks ago
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The world of beauty queens and pageants was in the hot seat last week, and not just because of the racist online comments hurled at Nina Davuluri after she became the first woman of Indian descent to be named Miss America.

 

2 years 30 weeks ago
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i agree with that because it's useless. for what children beauty contests? children have to enjoy the life, getting more knowledge, and do the child things. beauty contest is not the child thing because it makes the children torture like they have to buy some facial, have to make up their face, shopping buy some clothes. and beauty contest not make the children successful. it's useless that they have a beautiful face but they don't have a knowledge

2 years 15 weeks ago
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