Are Parents Who Put Their Young Children in Beauty Pageants Deranged?

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  1. crankalicious profile image87
    crankaliciousposted 10 years ago

    I was reading the recently released grand jury information on the Jon Benet Ramsey case. While there's no apparent DNA link between the parents and the murder, I must admit that I'm apt to be suspicious of the parents by the mere fact that they dressed their daughter up like an adult and had her parade around in front of others. I just fundamentally think there is something slightly sick about this.

    What do you think of child beauty pageants?

    1. A Troubled Man profile image58
      A Troubled Manposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      "Living Dolls revealed that the child beauty pageant circuit is actually a subculture supporting a booming cottage industry—seamstresses, designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, false teeth molders, wig makers, photographers, pageant coaches, etc.—populated with homosexual men who were embraced by otherwise conservative, Southern families." … st-my-mind

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 10 years ago

    I'm not interested in them, but I don't see it as a big deal.  Many thousands of families have their children take part.  That group of families probably includes no more or less sickos than any other group.

    I mean I also have zero understanding of why you would have kids in a marching band, or take them on extreme sports trips, or to religious ceremonies where people speak in tongues.  But these are all part of human culture so I figure it is none of my business.

    I personally think there is no evidence that shows either parents was involved and we will probably never know one way or the other.  Any more than we will know who caused 50% of the murders that occur in Chicago this year, including murdered kids who never get 1% of the media attention this child received.

    1. A Troubled Man profile image58
      A Troubled Manposted 10 years agoin reply to this


  3. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    I have never understood why any parent would want to dress their daughter up like a miniature porn star and parade her in front of a bunch of creepy older men to be "judged."

    1. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Mainly older women, as it happens.

    2. ChristinS profile image40
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree. I can't understand it at all and it certainly isn't teaching these little girls to be valued for anything else.

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      Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this


  4. janshares profile image92
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    I don't like the whole pageant scene for toddlers or very young girls. Something is creepy about putting all that make-up and provocative costuming on a child to parade her in a competition. I think that if it wasn't so extreme there might be some redeeming quality to pageants for young girls if it focused on performing abilities, poise, etiquette, speaking abilities, age-appropriate presentation, etc.
    I wasn't in pageants until I was 16 and the whole self-esteem issue of comparing and competing was palatable then, as a teenager. So I can't imagine the impact these extreme pageants have on a little girl's psyche. It seems that the parents get more out of it, vicariously living their unfulfilled dreams through their daughters, most of whom don't have a choice.

  5. Zelkiiro profile image85
    Zelkiiroposted 10 years ago

    Let me answer your question with another question, OP:

    Is the Pope Catholic?

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      Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      What have you heard?

  6. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 10 years ago

    Pretty much.

  7. brakel2 profile image72
    brakel2posted 10 years ago

    It is the same with kids in dance competitions. Many studios encourage scantily clad girls with tons of makeup. However, that seems more acceptable than beauty pageants for three year olds. My mother put me in a baby beauty contest, and I won. Lol.


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