Essay on Beauty Pageants are a Harm to Society

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Beauty pageants may seem the best way to increase confidence in young women and become their first step to success. They give women of many minority cultures a voice. Not only that, they also help increase their contacts, thus enabling more job opportunities in the fields of acting, business, music, and dance. This may all seem quite convincing but research shows otherwise. Beauty pageants are harmful not only to ordinary women but also to the entire society because they give women the feeling that they are inadequate and ugly, leading to dieting and eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, and has a larger effect on men's attitude towards women. A major effect of beauty pageants on women is that they encourage feelings of inadequacy and…show more content…
Not only does it affect their physical appearance, it also leads to severs health problems and affects their fertility rate. Another consequence of this feeling of inadequacy among women is their decision to go under the knife. Cosmetic surgeries are becoming more and more common among today's female generation. A study found that "nearly 11.7 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the US in 2007 – which represents an increase of nearly 500% in the overall number of cosmetic procedures in the past ten years" (as cited in "Beauty At Any Cost", 2008, p. 3). In an attempt to modify their body shape and size, women undergo weight reduction procedures such as liposuction and stomach stapling which are quite harmful and sometimes fatal. Other cosmetic procedures include nose jobs, breast implants, eyelid surgery, facelifts, and Botox injections. Not only do these make stronger the perception of women that they were not perfect and needed to be corrected, they also carry with them the risk of permanent scarring and postoperative cognitive disorder. Also, since these procedures are quite costly, women with fewer resources become desperate and fall into debt traps, sell themselves as prostitutes, and go to any extent to gather resources needed to achieve that perfection. So is bearing all these pains and suffering for the sake of achieving that perfection really worth it? Yet another reason why beauty pageants are
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