Beauty Pageants Argumentative Essay
1311 WordsNov 16th, 20126 Pages
The Problems and Pleasures of Pageants
Beauty pageants have been questioned on whether or not their truly innocent. In some cases, the smiles are more likely than not phony. On the other hand, the abundance of memories and skills gained from these extravaganzas can create a positive effect on the child. On the negative side, pageants are found to be full of drama from both the parents and from the stress of the requirements, including eating disorders. They also lead to bad sportsmanship and the parent’s desperate attempts to win, even at the risk of their own children. According to The Merriam Webster Dictionary (1899), the definition of a beauty contest, also called a pageant, is “an assemblage of girls or women at which judges select…show more content…
Excuses like this are unacceptable. No child should be given large amounts of caffeine and sugar, if any at all. Parents are setting them at risk for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and several other diseases caused by bad health choices like this.
On the other extreme, there are eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. This is Cleo Glyde, a model who is now a healthy size 12. She used to struggle with eating disorders, which are very common amongst the fashion world. Cigarettes and willpower were her only two friends against food. She eventually became a stick, much like the rest of the models, all because of peer pressure to be skinny rather than her normal self. She did an interview for Marie Claire, a high fashion company. She went on to explain the different things she had witnessed, such as the Brazilian woman who collapsed like herself in a fashion show and a beautiful girl who starved herself to nothing but bones, her beauty withering down as her skin became paler and dark circles grew under her eyes. The cold world of fashion is no different than the world of beauty pageants. The same effects can happen, and can be devastating.
What makes child beauty pageants even sadder is the fact that the children can’t have a true childhood. They must spend their time practicing their moves, fixing their make-up and hair, practicing their smile, and trying on different dresses and outfits to parade
Sexism? No. Exploitation? No.
prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.
the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.
Beauty pageants are neither of these. Beauty pageants are fair. All applicants volunteer, are never coerced into entering, and are judged against the same criteria. Prejudice means to "pre-judge", which is ironic because a pageant is quintessential unbias. Contestants cannot possibly be judged until the judges view them, compare, and then make their decision at the end of each phase. And there is no discrimination against women, since women are the only ones permitted to compete. A beauty pageant is the opposite of sexism and exploitation. It is not the pageant itself that some people dislike and claim to be sexist or exploitative. Rather, women who have no inclination or ability to compete, still experience a sense of inferiority at the success of the contestants. The contestants themselves never feel exploited against. They don't feel it is sexist. It's all the women who feel inferior to beautiful contestants who call it sexist and exploitative. In essence, it's envy and it's petty. You don't see men sitting around whining about how exploitative UFC or Mr. Universe contests are. If you go down this line of thinking, then you should get rid of all sports and other forms of competition because somebody watching might have low self esteem. Someone in a wheelchair will feel bad because michael jordan can do a slam dunk and he can't. Get rid of the olympics while you're at it. No don't be retarded. The drive to compete and be the best is an essential survival instinct and those who whine about it are just the sore losers.
I competed in Miss World NZ and it changed me.
Before entering I could not talk to more than 5 people at once, had two left feet and was just your typical shy kiwi girl. During the experience I met life long friends - women who truly supported each other throughout the whole experience and were willing to share all of their wisdom with the newbies. We had sessions with a well known public speaking coach, learnt to talk to a camera, properly construct speeches, and conduct ourselves in interviews. In addition to this we had nutritionists, fitness coaches and lifestyle coaches talk about how to live a healthy and fulfilling life both in regards to pageant training and normal life.
Miss World did not have a bikini section, but we had 'beauty with a purpose'. That year our pageant sponsored a special needs school and raised a huge amount of money for them, one of the students who was in a wheel chair even competed on a completely equal level to all of us able bodied girls. I actually won the Beauty with a Purpose award, raising $10,000+ for the school myself - it was perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences.
I learnt so much as a result of competing in Miss World NZ, made life long friends and grew as a person. One of my close friends went on to win the competition, gain her medical degree, set up a learning platform for school kids AND place in the top 15 of Miss World internationally all in the same year - she is the type of woman I aspire to be and the type of woman you see in pageants.
No, respectable pageants certainly do not
There is nothing wrong with being beautiful or thinking you are. I have been in a pageant and despite not making it to nationals, it's taught me so much. Pageants teach girls self confidence and that's something that so many girls/women struggle with. Respectable pageants such as Miss Universe, promote poise and femininity and that's something that is lacking in modern day society if you ask me
They are terrible!!!!!!
Why should girls walk around in fake everything to be the best? All women around the world are beautiful the way they are. They shouldn't be judged on looks because there's a lot in their head. Also in horrible, sexist, appealing, awful pageants it will always be STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE!!!!!!!
No they are definitely not
Pageants are very popular in my culture, and although I have not personally participated in one, I know for a fact that Beauty Pageants involve much more than just the physical attributes, but also the mind and talent of young women. Women take pride in where they come from by representing their home town, home country, province, whatever. Women who participate in pageants are more accustomed to public relations, speaking, and associations with others. It is with their mind over matter that they inspire others to be the best of their ability. It is with the bathing suit portions and evening gown portions that may lead people to believe that pageants are a form of expoitation, but besides the looks, pageantry is much more intricate and should be respected. Btw they have mangeants too so arguments of sexism are invalid. Boom
Let's be Optimistic
No, I do not think pageants are do not exploit or create sexist behaviors. For me, as a pageant queen they have helped to enhance my public speaking and interview skills as well as self-esteem. When I do decide to have children whether it be a boy or girl, I will have them do one pageant and if they decide to continue on within the pageant circuit or to pursue another activity I will fully support them!
They're not at all!
My daughter has been in pageants all her life for as long as we can remember. She has won time after time. This is a way she can earn self-confidence. She has always had an eye for winning but when she loses she comes up to me and says, " Mommy, I did have fun today and I hope you're proud of me!" and I always am. I have never in my life put my child into a pageant where she was exploited or sexist. She's only 14. Why would I ever make it so my child looked as if she stepped out of a playboy magazine?