As part of our work on column writing we looked at issues to do with the sexualisation of young girls through such things as child beauty pageants and inappropriate clothing. Many of you were horrified by the antics of beauty pageant mothers on shows such as “Toddlers & Tiaras”.
Australian and New Zealand psychiatrists have backed calls for child beauty pageants to be banned, saying they encourage the sexualisation of children and can cause developmental harm. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists says American-style pageants, promote an adult’s perception of “beauty”.
Jaimee wrote her column on the issue. Here’s her opening:
Makeup, high heels and spray tans; these have become necessities in many women’s lives. But they’re adults, not children. Why would a parent let their pre-school daughter be primped, crimped and styled until they look like the toddler equivalent of a glamour model? Why should children be subjected to bright lights and camera flashes before they’ve even been to school? Five-year-old Jayleigh has already entered 100 pageants in the last four years alone. It’s becoming more frequent for parents to enter their children into beauty contests and show them off and parade them to a panel of judges, but why?
Jaimee wrote really well on the subject and I think she will enjoy Tom Hanks’s parody of Toddlers & Tiaras. Enjoy the“Miss Ultimate Sexy Baby” contest.