Could Child Beauty Pageants Be Banned?

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Could Child Beauty Pageants Be Banned?
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 7:42am

The world of beauty queens and pageants was in the hot seat last week, and not just because of the racist online comments hurled at Nina Davuluri after she became the first woman of Indian descent to be named Miss America.

In France, legislators moved to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that they promote the "hyper-sexualization" of minors. A measure even proposes jail time and a fine for violators — including parents and organizers — who sponsor or encourage "access to these competitions" for anyone under age 16, the Associated Press reported.

Instead of following France's proposal to ban child beauty pageants, researchers in the USA say safety regulations and education about how the competitions affect children are needed.

Could child beauty pageants be banned in the USA?-

What do you think?  Could/should beauty pageants be banned in the USA?

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Mon, 09-23-2013 - 12:08pm

No. What should be banned is stupidity, a condition afflicting many of the parents who sign their underage daughters up for these things. In our house, we just said no, and the pageants had no effect on us at all.