CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS Presented by Lisa Reid Toddlers in tiaras (2010)
OVERVIEW Footage on and off the scenes Sexualisation Body dissatisfaction Loss of childhood Former beauty queen’s opinion CAUSE FOR ACTION Toddlers in tiaras (2010)
THE PAGEANT Five year olds dressed as real lifeBarbie dolls Costumes costing thousands of dollars Competition focuses on perfection andbeauty Girls are encouraged to flirt andexploit their sexuality on stage Divas In Diapers (2012)
‘The title is child beauty pageant but if you look at the way the children are dressed and required to act, its actually a child sexualisation pageant’ (Cupit, cited in Brown 2011, para. 17) Hollingworth (2011)
SEXUALISATION Sexualisation can occur throughinappropriate imposition of sexuality (APA2010, p. 1). Mothers directly contribute to thesexualisation by entering their daughters toengage in behaviours associated withsexiness (APA 2012, p. 15). Divas In Diapers (2012)
SEXUALISATION Two year old daughter did choose to bea pageant queen! Disguised as sexual objects ‘Exposure to competition, sexuality andextreme disappointment at a young ageresults in destructive effects on maturingchildren’ (Lieberman 2012, p. 752) Divas In Diapers (2012)
BODY DISSATISFACTION 270% increase in the number girlshospitalized with eating disorders(Ioannou, 2011). Body image is the number one issueamongst young girls today (Smart, cited inOverington 2011, para. 12) Why put them at risk? Eden Wood Hairstyle (2012)
BODY DISSATISFACTION Guaranteed the girls will hate their body Study found pageant contestants scoredhigher on body dissatisfaction, interpersonaldistrust and greater impulsvie behaviours(Wonderlich 2005 cited in Tankard Reist) Eden Wood Hairstyle (2012)
Sad little girls forced to undergo this pain, disappointment andsuffering, when all they want is to be a normal kid
CHILDHOODPictures Of (2012) Pictures Of (2012) Pictures Of (2012) Childhood is stripped away from pageant girls
LOSS OF CHILDHOOD Forced to grow up way too fast withtheir lives dominated by competitions Put under extreme pressure, endurecriticism, failure and exhaustion(Lieberman 2010, p. 752) Growing up is complicated enough-fear for their safety and wellbeing Strempler (2011)
FORMER CHILD QUEEN Brooke Breedwell ‘At five all I wanted to do was dig forworms in the dirt The pressure on me was immense I hated every minute I cringe that I was once part of that crazyworld and I resent my mum for pushing me sohard’ (Breedwell 2012 cited in The Sun). 123People (2012)
‘Don’t EVER let your youngsters be part of themI know more than anyone how they can ruin your life’ (Breedwell 2012 cited in The Sun)
Help us helpChildhood beprotected and maintained
Together we can fight to protectlife’s greatest gift of all
BIBLIOGRAPHYAmerican Psychological Association 2010, Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, APA Task Force on theSexualisation of Girls American Psychological Association Washington DC, viewed 12 September 2012<http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report-full.pdf<.Atkinson, J 2012, ‘Former pageant beautys stark warning to parents’, The Sun, 14 September, viewed 14 September2012, <http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4537615/Why-mums-shouldnt-enter-kids-into-beauty-pageants.html#ixzz26SD9PCNB>.Browne, R 2011, ‘Tiaras before bedtime’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May, viewed 8 September2012, <http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/tiaras-before-bedtime-20110430-1e1zi.html#ixzz26Jh2q8WQ>.Divas in diapers 2010,Pageant girl, In the pageant world, Blogger, viewed 14 September2012, <divasndiapers.blogspot.com.au>.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY Overington, C 2011, ‘Ugly truth about beauty pageants’, The Australian, 2 August, viewed 10 September2012, <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/ugly-truth-about-beauty-pageants/story-e6frg6z6-1226106209926>.PageantStories 2010, 60 Minutes Australia- Beauty Pageants, online video, viewed 8 September2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts_xEeB2mAc&feature=related.PageantStories 2011, Today Tonight story on Universal Royalty Pageant Australia, online video, viewed 8 September 2012, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTQ51p6QW1A&feature=endscreen>.Royalty Free Clipart Picture 2012, Three girls playing jumprope, Pictures Of Medford, viewed 14 September2012, <http://www.picturesof.net/>.Royalty Free Clipart Picture 2012, Two little boys climbing a tree, Pictures Of Medford, viewed 14 September2012, <http://www.picturesof.net/>.
BIBLIOGRAPHYRoyalty Free Clipart Picture 2012, Two young girls playing with dolls, Pictures Of Medford, viewed 14 September2012, <http://www.picturesof.net/>.Strempler, E 2011, Sad beauty pageant girl, Are child beauty pageants child abuse, EmilyStremlpler.com, viewed September 142012, < http://emilystrempler.com>.Tankard Reist, B 2012, ‘Pageants reeking of blatant exploitation’, Sunday Herald Sun, 15 July, viewed 10 August2012, <http://melindatankardreist.com/2012/07/pageants-reeking-of-blatant-exploitation/>.Toddlers & Tiaras, Toddlers & Tiaras returns, Wordpress, viewed 13 September 2012, http://iamnoahjames.com/2010.123People 2012 Brooke Breedwell, 123People.com, viewed September 14 2012, <http://www.123people.com/>.