November 4, 2014
Televised Beauty Pageants
For years, reality television has captured the attention of children, teens, and adults. More recently, there has been much debate about how far is too far for these events, such as child beauty pageants. They document everything from the pre-show prep of spray tanning and eyebrow waxing to strutting down the runway wearing fake teeth and padded bras. Some view this as a bit too premature for these little kids, and that encouraging the behavior via social media and television shows must be put to a stop. This raises the question, should child beauty pageants be televised? Child beauty pageants should not be televised ...view middle of the document...
Lindsay Lieberman states that these “young pageant girls are trained to flirt and exploit their nascent sexuality in order to win” (745). The beauties are barely into their teens and are being taught to parade around for the cameras in no way that a little girl should. This act would cause a young girl to confront her sexuality at a far too young age. When they televise these transformations we are giving the parents and children of the competition permission to continue to do this, and a lot of views are not happy about what they are seeing and they want their voice to be heard about the situation. With so much media backlash, one would believe that these televised performances would be done away with completely.
When a beauty pageant is aired on television, many viewers do not consider how the pageant has affected the young child and their self-esteem. These girls go through many periods of low self-esteem; an emotion that should not be present in her life until many years later. Since the girls are constantly televised, they are put on a platform for the world to see. This can often put a young child under an obscene amount of stress as well, and this too should not be a burden placed upon a child. As a brutal result, the little girls “… are prone to persistent lifetime challenges, including body shame, perfectionism, depression, and eating disorders” (Lieberman, 740-741). If these girls we not televised for the whole world to see and judge them, there would be a decline in psychological problems for the young beauty queens.
Contrary, people could argue that televised beauty pageants do not sexualize, exploit, or lower the self-esteem of the girls involved. Yes, it is not the television show that creates sexualization of the young girls, it is the child molesters, but this could still cause problems in the molester’s mind in believing that sexualizing a young girl is okay because it is on television for the world...