Target: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Producers of Children’s Beauty Pageants
Goal: Ban children’s beauty pageants and restore true childhood ideals. Stop pressuring toddlers and children by promoting materialistic values such as looks and glamor, which can lead to low self esteem, improper body perception issues and even pedophilia.
Child beauty pageants have existed for decades, but their creation is generally attributed to a 1920′s hotel owner who developed the pageant concept as a way to extend the summer tourist season beyond Labor Day. Since the tragic, unsolved death of beauty pageant queen Jon Benet Ramsey nearly 20 years ago, child pageants have gained greater attention in the media. The number of competitions has skyrocketed, with no legal protections in place for our children since they fall outside the scope of child labor laws. Nonetheless, this form of child abuse is growing, with absolutely no benefit to our children.
Proponents of these pageants (mostly the parents of contestants, the vendors they patronize and pageant producers, who stand to make huge dollars at the expense of our children) claim that the pageant experience promotes development of self esteem, poise, and public speaking skills. It is hard to believe that girls as young as 6 months old – some not yet able to walk or talk – will benefit personally and socially from the lessons learned in pageant participation. On the contrary, participation encourages youngsters to grow up too fast, wanting to emulate adult behavior from a very young age, and placing materialistic values and outer, fake beauty over all else. Are these the values we wish to instill in our future leaders?
Parents of participants spend ungodly sums of money for talent lessons, choreography, fake hair, teeth, tans and more. If they are lucky, they may recoup some of these dollars in the form of future scholarships or relatively minimal monetary awards. Imagine the impact if these parents invested the same time and money in instilling true values and education in their children, rather than living out their own pipe dreams of glamor and fame through their children!
No significant studies have been done on the long term effects of glamor pageant participation. However, many contestants grow into self centered, promiscuous teens who suffer from body image disorders and the inability to appropriately interact with their peers.
Please sign the petition below to protect our children from this profitable and cruel exploitation.
Dear Secretary Sebelius and Producers of Children’s Beauty Pageants,
Beauty pageants have become big business in the U.S. at the expense of our children’s innocence and well being. Placing emphasis on the tiara or title, as well as fake looks and adult behaviors, robs our children of their ability to truly experience childhood. Without any legislative protections in place, such exploitation will continue and likely grow. The result: teens and adults with eating disorders, mental issues, adjustment problems and more. There is no societal benefit to children’s pageant participation.
The exploitation of our youth at our own hands must be stopped. Allowing parents to treat their children in this manner is abusive and must be stopped. The results will be catastrophic to these young, innocent participants. Please take action to ban this unethical and cruel behavior.
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