should beauty pageants be banned (1000+ word argumentetive essay)Beauty pageants between consenting adults are not a danger to society.
It doesnt take long of being on the internet to learn many people are not a fan of the "shallow" or "degrading" nature of beauty pageants, but what if it's those people who truly are the problem instead of these conventions gathering confident young women? Has the culture of banning pageants become more harmful than the pageants themselves?
Beauty pageants, as the name suggests, are contests which have been traditionally focused on judging the physical characteristics of the contestants. Most involve simple personality and intelligence questions nowadays such as the commonly asked "what is the most important issue you believe your generation is facing?" from Miss Universe and "where do you see yourself in the next five years?"
I strongly believe that beauty pageants are harmless.
They appear to me as an outlet for people to express how confident they feel about themselves, be seen, and be proud. They're not only harmless, but positive to a society that needs faith in its looks sometimes.
Beauty pageants give more room for girls to express themselves. Some (Miss Universe) even allow the girls to express their culture while showing their feelings, elegance, and pride.
Fashion is a ground breaking form of expression because people often see it alongside the person's face as opposed to just the art itself. Each girl who selects a specific style of dress for the contest wants to state "This is me. This is what I like and this is what I want to win in. Get an idea of who I am" silently to the crowd. They may even choose to bring on accesories like headpieces, scarves, or combs.
They're not in school anymore; the dresscode is inavlid. They can show their shoulders on national television if that makes them feel confident about winning.
As mentioned, fashion isn't the only thing they have the freedom to express on stage either. Miss World includes a large dance number where the girls can represent their home country.
It's impossible to pretend beauty doesn't exist; Beauty's just another facet of life that humans have been able to see for years.
Much like the hundreds of other contests in the world: Spelling bees, which judge on literacy and intellect, body building, which judge on muscle composition and strength, and pie eating, which judge, well, pie eating, beauty can, in fact, be judged.
Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the term "conventionally attractive" is proof that we as humans have a few similar tastes, which makes it possible to see who fits all these qualities.
Beauty requires effort the same way intellect requires studying and strength requires weight training. It includes practising good posture, being consistent with skin care, and generally being hygienic. This is why beauty shouldn't be ignored. It fits into a competetive category very well like the aforementioned ones.
Lastly, beauty pageants are safe.
The girls are required to sign up consenting to the conditions of the contest. "Consent" is a privelege. It can't be replaced by a phrase such as "go-ahead" or "this is fine" because there's something very integral within its definition. "In order to consent, you must be willing to accept the consequences of what is possible, mentally prepared, and comfortable."
All girls who join are letting the world in on their secret - that they are mentally prepared enough to be here and it doesn't matter if they win or lose by stepping on stage. So, this means the girls feel comfortable and safe being where they are.
In a literal sense however, major pageants also hire security to prevent viewers from jumping on stage, harassing the girls even outside of the facility, or their family.
"It distracts women from bigger priorities such as becoming educated and training their literacy skills."
This argument is often stated despite creating obvious hypocrisy. That is to say that the people who say it are distracted from the education and other skills the contestant's may possess to shame them for showing off in a strapless dress to an international audience. Many of the girls who enter pageants are aware this special day isn't going to be the grand finale to their lives. They'll still require a job one day like all their friends. Oprah Winfrey, an activist, author, and TV host, won a beauty pageant in 1972. It's a surprising little fact most people don't know about her, but proof that she wasn't distracted by her debut in competition. The "pageant girls are bimbos" stereotype was created by the people who were ignorant about the success some had later in life through hard work and studying.
"It's bad for little kids to see and it makes them feel ashamed of their bodies."
Many things can cause a teen or child's insecurity. Although beauty pageants are a possible trigger, they wouldn't be the only factor the child/teen would have to be exposed to in order to develope something as serious as a self harming tendency or an eating disorder. Family, culture, cartoons, and books all have the equal power to manipulate a person of a young age into an unhealthy life style. The issue doesn't have to be ignored.
A parent can take measures to watch the broadcast of the pageant without their teen if they suspect their behavior changes when near it. However, to blame it rather than admit those affected by it may have already been struggling with their body, is something even science has been trying to push people away from doing by publishing articles that sometimes repeat for clarity "mutliple factors in a person's life can bring on body-guilt, body-shame, or body-anxiety."
In conclusion, beauty pageants are not a threat to young women, old women, or society as a whole.
Unfortunately, many contest winners are harassed and shamed by people against the pageants themselves (and simultaneously the girls who compete.) Some even spend hours of their day enforcing the false stereotype that not a single person who took part has ever become successful or achieved a high education.
Pageants seem to be a fun and positive experience when you imagine the girls leaping in a dance number wearing what garments they felt like. They're light-hearted and whimsical. Society needs to stop repainting them as wallowing, negative, anti-feminist propaganda.