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I Disagree With Childrens Beauty Pageants

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    It's Child Abuse - Trying to make your daughter a phony stupid beautiful shell is child abuse. I have seen some of the pageants and the contestants, it made me really angry.
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 15 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    Disturbing In Many Ways - Too many to count really. We're all familiar with the most obvious things that are so distasteful...the spectacle of tarted-up children performing to...
    bunnymousekitt bunnymousekitt 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2009

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    Abuse - To me, these pageants basically amount to child abuse. Mizz
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 4 Responses Jun 19, 2009

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    Glitz=gross - I will admit, I have a cousin who entered a beauty pageant a couple years ago. She won, and I was proud of her. I was really proud of her and her mom for not making...
    netgurl netgurl 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2010

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    Its So Sad - The little girls look so unhappy and they dress them up to look like little tarts  its so sad. do they really look happy? do they look like little girls? i mean...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    Disagree - 100% disagree with childrens beauty pageants.  Yes, they are adorable and what not but they are kids for God sake.  Kids should be kids and not grown ups. ...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 8 Responses Aug 27, 2010

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    Little Miss Self Hate - Spray tans, high heels, hair pieces, false lashes - do those sound like the kind of things a six year old child should be concerned with? I just...
    newmurderer newmurderer 70+ 1 Response May 7, 2010

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    Emotional Abuse, Body-image Warping, Freaks Me Out - I try not to expose myself to things which wind me up. As I can't do a damn thing about these nutty parents..  I have to...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    I Dont Like It.. - i was watching on tv a show and suddenly another show started called ''toddlers and tiaras''(or something like that)..i was watching how the kids were...
    amysangels amysangels 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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    Deplorable - I loathe children's beauty pageants. When did public opinion change? Has everyone forgotten little JonBenet Ramsey? After she died, people were so against them..and...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 4, 2012

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    Child Exploitation - Like many of you, I strongly disagree in child beauty pageants, it was on a recent showing of Dr. Phil that really shocked me. There was a young girl not even...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 16, 2011

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    I Disagree With The Creepy Ones - no parent should ever encourage their 5 or 6 year old child to look like a 15 or 16 yr old child. no baby needs that much makeup, false teeth...
    antiyou antiyou 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 15, 2009

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    Vile - Sad desperate mothers trying to live their unforfilled life through their innocent children, vile to see little girls made up with fake tan fake eyelashes ect...
    Blondevixon Blondevixon 31-35, F 16 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    Do Not Agree With These Kinds Of Pagents!! - I do not agree with these kinds of beauty pagents for children...especially girls....for the simple fact that it teaches them the...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 7, 2010

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    Yep -   Childrens' Beauty Pagents have a possibility of  leading  to materilistic, self-absorbed, women. I believe that if you bring up a child...
    lostprophet lostprophet 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    Drop The 'tude - This will sound lame of me, but I'm sitting here watching Toddlers and Tiara's on TLC and I'm trying to think of the good things that come out of these pageants. I...
    itsmesally itsmesally 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 2, 2010

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    Education Before Beauty - I think mothers should spend more time making sure their child has a good shoulder on her head, make sure she gets an education, encourage reading and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    What I Don't Like About The Child Pageant World - There is nothing inherently wrong with children's beauty pageants. In fact, if they were done right, they could actually be a lot...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme 26-30 6 Responses Jul 20, 2011

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    Stop Living Vicariously Through Your Children! - I am tired of hearing the bs excuses that these kids "like" dressing up like a princess. You know what? So do my girls, so I bought...
    ForgottenMuse ForgottenMuse 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 31, 2010

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    Ridiculous - I think that putting children through that amount of stress is stupid. The kids don't even want to do it. It's the parents that like to be proud. The ids are sometimes...
    stevie02 stevie02 18-21, F 3 Responses May 2, 2009

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    A Sick Exhibition Of No Common Sense -  Are they really necessary? The slathering of makeup, on innocent faces. The constant feeling of rejection when they don't win. The...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 27, 2009

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    I Can't Believe How Some Mothers Treat Thier Daughters! - When I was 5 my mom wanted to put me in one of this things. I didn't go because my father didn't believe in it. He said...
    Tara277 Tara277 26-30, F Apr 27, 2012

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    If They're A Prince Or Princess, What Am I, A Frog? - I see the advertisements for those crazy shows on TV. Those girls look like shrunken Pamela Andersons! Who could do that?When...
    underthescars underthescars 18-21, M May 23, 2012

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    Little Girls Should Look Like Little Girls. - Yeah, I have a major problem with these too. Little girls should look like little girls.  They should not look miniaturized...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 5 Responses Jun 24, 2009

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    It's Actually Sad. - Until my daughter can actually speak to me and say, "Mommy I want to do that", I will not enroll her in pageants.  It is not fair to the child...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 10, 2009

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    Rant On Kid's Beauty Pageants - Me too! The little girls look so ugly with their fake tans, fake teeth, hairsprayed hair, make up, etc. What kind of message are you sending to your...
    Bananna Bananna 31-35 5 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    If They're A Prince Or Princess, What Am I, A Frog? - I see the advertisements for those crazy shows on TV. Those girls look like shrunken Pamela Andersons! Who could do that?When...
    underthescars underthescars 18-21, M May 23, 2012

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    Just Wrong - it is perverted.they dress these little girls up like,well street walkers.it`s just not wright.and some of their parents need thearpy.
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 1 Response Mar 14, 2009

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    Little Pre Madonna'S - I've never agreed with child beauty pageants. Kids grow up fast and I think you should let kids be kids while they still can be. This is just my opinion but...
    tngurl25 tngurl25 26-30, F Feb 17, 2013

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    If They're A Prince Or Princess, What Am I, A Frog? - I see the advertisements for those crazy shows on TV. Those girls look like shrunken Pamela Andersons! Who could do that?When...
    underthescars underthescars 18-21, M May 23, 2012

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    The Things People Do For Money! - I just feel strongly about using children in this way. Its wrong and personally i find it quite sick.
    thehippy thehippy 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 11, 2009

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    It's Wrong - Totally I just think it's wrong children should be playing and not worrying what they look like at such a young age, they have plenty of time to do that when they get...
    RHSK143 RHSK143 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 3, 2010

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    Toddlers & Tiaras - I watched Toddlers & Tiaras, and before I vent, let me just say that I know there is a lot of editing that goes on in the cutting room to make the drama...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    I Find This Disgusting! - I have seen television shows about 'beauty pageant moms' who push their little girls into these competitions.  I think it's horrible to take a little...
    angeleyes2009 angeleyes2009 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 30, 2009

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    For Goodness Sake . . . They're Kids! - I've participated in a few pagents myself and I can tell you, it is hectic. The preperation, the stress, the butterflies; I can't imagine a...
    Kiva10 Kiva10 22-25, F Dec 21, 2012

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    Elge1 Elge1 18-21, M Mar 29

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    this is hilarious! because I used to be in beauty pageants when I was little! I just recently stopped but up until now, I had probably done over 100 pageants maybe. I disagree. I...
    countryanon countryanon 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I was in beauty pageants when I was younger and I'm very happy I stopped doing them. I feel like beauty pageants are wastes of money for you to stand on a stage and get told...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    I think that its okay to put them in the pageants when they are babies because they don't really know whats going on, and if they are old enough to say that they want to do the...
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I've been in pageants since I was itty-bitty! I just recently quit. I have probably participated in at least 100. they really helped me feel pretty & I had pretty high self-esteem...
    countryanon countryanon 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Let's face it, they're all little demons anyway there's no point in trying to make them cute. Also it's pedoey.
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F Mar 21

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    I am looking for a woman who displays true beauty, a beauty that cannot be enhanced, made up or airbrushed. I am looking for a woman who resonates with the beauty of kindness...
    toufie1 toufie1 22-25, M 6 Responses Apr 7

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    I realize how the concept of 'liking' on Facebook is directly related to a desire to be accepted but there's an opposite of liking without a button- the informal name is 'trolling...
    TomorrowIsNew TomorrowIsNew 41-45 Apr 4

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    Most definitely, you can't compete with natural beauty, most girls look better without there make up on than when they do with it on but fail to realise this.
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Mar 23

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    Hi, guys! First of all, a general warning: if you are not interested in this sort of experiences, don't even bother to respond. I've got no need for preachers. :D Then, an...
    Eisbrecher Eisbrecher 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm from Belgium, there's a Dutch musicband called Clouseau, and they wrote this song "Het zit vanbinnen" which means "It's inside" about beauty, that real beauty is inside people...
    AngelicLights AngelicLights 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    i find inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. outer beauty fades and for one someone could be beautiful and have a very cold heart. inner beauty to me is compassion...
    xhesikaxo xhesikaxo 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    i love inner beauty. i find beauty in kind, compassionate, caring people, and i think they are super beautiful <3 as someone once told me "outer beauty fades,but whats on the...
    lexik123 lexik123 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm not entirely certain if I admire inner beauty. I think I have a different definition of beauty. Truth is beauty. Some people glow. It's painfully obvious that they are good...
    lucyyinthesky lucyyinthesky 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Inner beauty is found by embracing, loving and understanding someone. All anyone wants is to feel loved and understood. This my friends is where inner beauty lies: when you begin...
    Cloverpaschke44 Cloverpaschke44 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    For the longest time I could not understand this. I would compare myself to so many other women because guys liked them for their looks. Te other day I made a breakthrough! I...