Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose
Child slavery and now trafficking her to the US
You would be one of the guys that watches women's gymnastics and track and field because the sport interests you. Child sex slavery is alive and well here without it being imported.
A child beauty pageant
is a beauty contest where contestants are usually under 16 years of age. There does not appear to be reliable statistics about the number of these pageants held each year around the world. They vary in style, and categories may include a talent segment as well as costume and theme wear. Contestants often wear makeup, fake teeth, false eyelashes
, elaborate hairstyles with hair extensions
, and specially designed, sometimes provocative, outfits. Spray tanning and waxing are also common.
Contestants compete for prizes and are judged on the way they look and how they act on stage, similar to the judgment criteria in adult beauty pageants
. Many parents attribute confidence-building as one of the reasons they enter their children in beauty pageants
, but critics argue that the negative effects of beauty pageantry, especially the sexualization
of young children, outweigh the positive intentions.
1.1 Bikini contests of minors
2 Training for beauty pageants
2.1 USA coaches and training
2.2 Schools for child beauty queens in Venezuela
2.3 Beauty bootcamps in the Philippines
2.4 UK beauty pageant training courses
3 Support for participation
4 Criticism of sexualization in child pageants
5 Consequences of child sexualization
6 See also
There are several components to sexualization that set it apart from healthy sexuality
. Sexualization occurs when a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal
, to the exclusion of other characteristics.
A report by the American Psychological Association
more specifically cites sexuality that is imposed on someone, rather than undertaken by choice, as evidence of sexualization.
In the United States, legal adulthood and ability to give consent
varies from 16 to 18 years of age,
yet in child beauty pageants, the children's consenting parents permit them to participate, pay their entry fees, dress them, and train them to perform on stage in front of judges and an audience.
In preparation for these beauty pageants, children have their appearances altered by costumes, makeup, and other products to the point that they resemble dolls, which objectifies
them at a very young age.
The child perceives that sexuality is not only encouraged but can be a means to an end.
The child pageant industry involves thousands of contestants and $5 billion a year in revenue,
and television networks air in-demand shows like
Toddlers & Tiaras
Little Miss Perfect
. The viewership implies that many adults not only condone these activities but also the view of children as sexual objects.