Child Beauty Pageants: Are They Moral?

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Child Beauty Pageants: Are They Moral?

Lisa Allen

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March 12, 2011
Ron Tatum

Child Beauty Pageants: Are They Moral? They say that beauty comes from within but if this is true why do parents parade their young children around and make their five-year-olds dress, look, and act like they are 18 years old. Child beauty pageants are very upsetting. “It aggravates the average viewer because how can a parent put their child through that emotional roller coaster and get upset when they do not win; make up excuses on why their child did not win because heaven forbid their child has a flaw. Child beauty pageants are upsetting to the child also because if they do not win it is like the end
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It does not teach them the right lessons in life. I speak from my own knowledge on how my cousin and I were raised. Neither my cousin nor I were ever in pageants but my mother continuously told me that I was pretty; she however never told me that I was any prettier than anyone else. I grow up without any insecurity. My cousin on the other hand was told her whole life that she was attractive all the time and she grew up with the most horrible attitude I have ever seen. Although my cousin and I were never in pageants she grew up with the life style of a pageant contestant where as I never did. Pageants just make mean children who make mean adults pageants are manipulating these children and teaching them that being beautiful and lewd is normal. And it is not right at all no matter how it is put. These poor children are prancing around on stage looking older than the really are. The parents appear to be trying to live their lives through their children whether it is because they never got to do it or they are trying to hide something. I watched a show called toddlers in tiara’s one night and this little girl kept saying to her mother that she did not want to be in the pageants anymore and her mother was pulling the little girl down the stairs telling the little girl that she was doing it and that the mother did not care if she wanted
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