Essay on The Advantages and Disadvantages of Child Beauty Pageants

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Juan Amador, 2587245 Professor Brentar ENG 101 SEC 5 25 November 2012 The Advantages and Disadvantages of Child Beauty Pageants In today’s world, there are quite a few things that bother us Americans. One controversial topic at-hand would be child beauty pageants. The article, “Playing at Sexy” written by Peggy Orenstein, goes into detail of the negative effects of showcasing one’s child in a pageant. Hilary Levey takes a different approach to child beauty pageants. She finds them to be just as helpful as children who take after school lessons in her scholarly article, “Pageant Princesses and Math Whizzes.” Both articles take two different takes on the child pageant world. In reality though, pageants can just be as damaging as …show more content…
Dana Points reported to CBSNews, “At the age of 5 and on up until 10, 12, the bones are still forming. The print is forming," she said. "You can get some shortening of the tendons in the heels. So you really don't want to let them spend more than a little time every week in some kind of heel" (“Should” par 7). Additionally, some parents force their child to tan, whether it’s in a tanning bed, naturally in the sun, or spray tan. All types of tanning listed above are all harmful. Natural sun-tanning is harmful to young children because it increases the chance of skin cancer, but put them in a tanning booth with UV Ray bulbs and the risk of skin cancer is tremendously increased. The last form of tanning is one depicted many times on TLC’s hit show Toddlers and Tiaras is the spray tan. Spray-tan contains a chemical known as dihydroxyacetone, which can cause skin irritation, hair follicle irritation, and lung irritation if inhaled (“Health”). Another major negative effect of beauty pageants is the sexualizing of young girls. Orenstein explains in her article, “That sexualizing little girls — whether through images, music or play — actually undermines healthy sexuality rather than promoting it. These young girls are being depicted as sexy.” I did some research on Toddlers and Tiaras. One contestant, Alana Thompson, received her own show, known as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In an episode on her show, she is trying on wigs and asks, “Do I