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Today's Poll: 01/27/2015

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Ms. Universe 2015 aired this weekend and it prompted us to ask, do you think child beauty pageants have a positive or negative impact on young girls? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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I never given it any thought
Mostly Negative
There are some positive and negative impacts
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ericspring
on 01/27/15
If you think there are positive affects, then please don't breed. You are not mentally capable of raising a child.
briannatarantino
on 01/27/15
ericspring liked this  
I personally think beauty pageants are the worst thing a young child can do.
sweetmelisa3
on 01/27/15
I normally always have something negative to say about this subject. I don't want my child growing up to be vain. I have three beautiful girls, they are told that all the time through out the day, no matter where we are. I personally get tired of them getting compliments b/c I don't want them to think their looks are going to get them through life. Therefore that should tell you how I feel about these pageants. However, they do give children, otherwise, that didn't have it before confidence in themselves and to be a leader and not a follower. It also gives them a plan to follow, be organized, and to prioritize, and socialize. There are, as I voted, good and bad in these crazy things. My poor husband gave up after the first 2 years of our first daughter in asking if I would put her into modeling.
killhausen
on 01/27/15
NOPE
redajm12
on 01/27/15
No worse than any other extra curricular activity kids participate in. To each their own.
mbr1996
on 01/27/15
ShawnaC123 and 1 others liked this  
I fail to see how parading young girls around on stage is the same as children playing instruments, sports, or joining academic clubs.
annkurt
on 01/27/15
every girls dream to be part of beauty contest
NoirAngelique
on 01/27/15
I never did. My mother never let anyone compliment me on my appearance and she didn't either. I grew up convinced I was just plain ugly. The last thing I wanted was public attention, I tried to be part of the wall wherever I went and I pretty much still do to this day. What I wanted was to be pretty like the girls in beauty contests, not to be in the contest when I knew I didn't have any talent and certainly not the looks to be there in the first place.
JettHall
on 01/27/15
Boze2 liked this  
NO... not every girl.
mbr1996
on 01/27/15
Becvis and 1 others liked this  
I never dreamed of that as a child nor did the majority of my female friends. Do not put young girls into a box simply because of your misguided views of what "all" girls want.
kazooga1234
on 01/27/15
Boze2 and 4 others liked this  
No they don't. It's the moms that force those girls to be that way.
jonimike
on 01/27/15
they will develop self confidence
JettHall
on 01/27/15
FunFilled and 3 others liked this  
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Gcardsmiles
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 liked this  
I think its a hobby and ego trip for some of the moms.
catsinjax
on 01/27/15
I don't care for the child pageants that have the kids made up as adults with the "flippers" for teeth and tons of make up and huge hair styles. If the kids were natural, with no make up and no adult teeth (fakes) and had normal little kids hair and if the kid wanted to be in the pageant, then fine. I just hate watching what these horrible Mom's put their kids through in some of these pageants. Most of these kids seems to grow up with all kinds of mental issues and only think like a "pageant kid" instead of a normal child. I quit watching that mess because of such and I hated watching kids cry because of what the Moms would put the kids through.
JettHall
on 01/27/15
Boze2 liked this  
I think pageants for children are disturbing and suspicious. They are bordering on licentious and obscene. These children are too young to know what a "Beauty Pageant" is, therefore it is the parents (usually the mother) that push them into these acts. I won a pageant when I was 15 years old and it didn't do me any good, it made me a conceited brat until I got married.
Brainstormers
on 01/27/15
JettHall liked this  
Horrible!
Sorvea
on 01/27/15
Lavendera liked this  
I was in dance competitions when I was little. Some of my friends did beauty pageants, and if done right, they were the most polite, most well behaved girls I had ever met! Nothing like the brats you see on Toddlers and Tiara's. The parents let them be kids as well, but now that I'm grown up, I see those same girls thriving in their professional lives!
snoopymccormick
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 4 others liked this  
No ones' self esteem should be based on LOOKS. It would be better off to engage your child in music, dancing, singing, art, science clubs, etc. Let them learn skills that are useable and develop them as a human being. Looks will fade but teach them skills and they will last forever.
Ream44
on 01/27/15
LouisianaPW and 1 others liked this  
It sometimes tries to turn those children into phony adults. Let them be children during the time that they have. Their time as children will never come back again.
smilesatsavings
on 01/27/15
It's all about the support and upbringing kids receive from their parents. Self respect and respect for others is taught. But pageants are like any other sport(s). Sportmanship behavior toward other and ones self should be first and foremost.
kazooga1234
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 1 others liked this  
Are you kidding me there is no sportsmanship in these children beauty pageants one of those 8 year olds murdered the girl that kept winning. There wasn't enough proof to do anything about it and she was also a child but they are brutal and it's not like any other sport. It's not a sport at all it's to make other girls feel bad and to make it so females at a very young age feel like they have to be sluts.
kazooga1234
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 liked this  
Where is the It's all negative. It makes these girls kill themselves. They need to be illegal.
Chichibonster
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 1 others liked this  
Not mostly negative,,, COMPLETELY negative!!!
Jumpybouncy
on 01/27/15
I don't know. I was never in a beauty pageant as a little girl and I don't know of anyone who was, so I don't have any experience to go on.
Rugby2010
on 01/27/15
With the right parents, a child can participate in this hobby and still be level-minded. That's the thing; these kids need level-minded parents and from what I've seen in reality shows, it is sad to say I've witnessed a lot of poor parenting styles.... But, I can't tell anyone how to raise their children. In my opinion, parents are 100% responsible for how their children behave.
todders2006
on 01/27/15
ForeverBlue and 3 others liked this  
I think it is ridiculous that these little girls are made up and dressed up to look like adults and made to parade around on stage. What is this teaching our children anyways!!!
katybug75
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 liked this  
my daughter entered on at her school she and two of her friends were singled out of the running. it did a lot of emotional damage. my daughter was crying because she felt the people who decided the winner thought she was ugly. I explained that the contest was rigged the 3 girls singled out were raised by single mothers.
walkinfaith
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 liked this  
If true beauty is based on personal qualities that only be observed in genuine contexts, staging their beauty undermines a girl's real qualities. I only have a son, but want to be intentional about how I show kids what their worth is.
swaguser30688259
on 01/27/15
rpeskar liked this  
who cares? it's a bunch of fat, ugly women putting their kids in pageants trying to live vicariously from them and their kids think they are something special but their kids are most likely going to grow up to look their moms anyway case in point honey boo boo she's already big.
peanutp
on 01/27/15
Karamelk and 4 others liked this  
I think it is a bunch of hooey... Never good to exploit ANYONE... for ANY reason..... Think of all the negative thoughts that go thru the fragile minds of the ones that don't win. I think that life should be celebrated... not a competition.
LPaulR
on 01/27/15
Vendaki liked this  
I was suppose it depends on how it is approached by the adults involved. I never had my daughter involved and had no desire to. It was much more important to be that she stay active in a sport she loved - swimming. She was able to compete but on something other than her looks - even though I think she is beautiful. She was able to compete against others but also against herself by improving her own personal best times. She gained confidence, made friends and stayed physically active. Win all around.
dis466
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 2 others liked this  
when is it ever positive to pit one precious child against another...never
Michallie
on 01/27/15
Naias and 1 others liked this  
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Ozgal
on 01/27/15
LouisianaPW and 2 others liked this  
Healthy competition is good if it is based on their abilities, talents, effort, but their appearance is something they were given. Good grooming is a healthy thing, but hair dyeing, styling, dressing like adults/princesses, and wearing make-up is not something that should be competed against. A healthy childhood requires playing, reading, and healthy exercise.These kids are so stressed out and spoiled that they have no time for a real life with good values. There is plenty of time later to grow up.
Sarangelo
on 01/27/15
prismpower23 liked this  
I meant to click 'Mostly Negative' but hit some positive and some negative. I do like that they are supposed to get into a charity and become involved, but I also feel that the pressure to look, act and respond to things in a certain way is very often unhealthy. Let's teach women that it's more about who you are than how you look and how you parade around like a piece of meat in front of judges.
swaguser45867163
on 01/27/15
prismpower23 and 1 others liked this  
I feel the mothers are more focused and obsessed with these pagents than the kids, it should be a fun thing for them but its taken too seriously by over obsessive parents.
Jaunice
on 01/27/15
If treated like just an occasional fun afternoon activity then it is OK but if it becomes an all exhausting, must win "job" then that's not good for the child. The biggest problem I have with any child pageant is all the make-up and artificial factors that young children grow up to think is what real is suppose to be. Let the child's natural beauty and personality shine.
dwmomof6
on 01/27/15
gracefulLament and 4 others liked this  
Totally wrong focus for little girls. And living in a culture that knows about the worldwide horrors of child sexual abuse, sex trafficking/slavery of girls and child pornography, why don't people see the problem?
Mixed messages make girls vulnerable to abuse.

What is the value of a girl - or woman? It has Nothing to do with her physical attributes, nothing at all!
tamiamsmom
on 01/27/15
gracefulLament and 2 others liked this  
DItto! Ditto! Ditto! Every pervert in the area gets his thrills from these shows
Dpowell2
on 01/27/15
not so good
AnnBlair
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 1 others liked this  
I cannot see ANY VALUE in these so-called pageants. It is child abuse!
bossladeh
on 01/27/15
thepagangoddess and 1 others liked this  
There are many different components that go into the overall score of a beauty pageant, even though some are purely visual (poise, confidence, personality,etc). Interview with a platform speech required and on-stage questions are also components that dive into the intellectual portion of pageants & carry a heavier weight in the final score. With all things, some people overdo it and make pageants seem so horrible. If the child truly wants to participate in pageants, then I see nothing wrong. I started doing pageants when I was 11 years old and they have had a positive impact on me. You meet friends, develop confidence and poise, and I learned interview skills that I was able to carry on to the real world when I started applying for jobs, etc. Prior to the viewing of Miss Universe, these contestants have already gone through interview and platform speech-so these contestants are not just bimbos, contrary to popular belief.
iamjeannie2
on 01/27/15
chalison liked this  
OOPs, wrong tab got tagged by mistake!!! ,,,Definite Mostly negative is my answer!!
MonicaJardin
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 1 others liked this  
It is a very shallow world for a child to grow. Also I think these contests are in part a form of child abuse, parents make them compete only to receive some benefit.
twohave
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 4 others liked this  
Sometime I wonder those parents are living out their dream through their kid.
AudraF1234567
on 01/27/15
mbr1996 and 5 others liked this  
I think that beauty pageants in general are a negative influence on girls, because it promotes beauty over brains and intellect.
josemartin1269
on 01/27/15
True dat
Moonapple
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
I think it can be good and bad. It just depends on how it's done.

I do truly believe that any pageant should be natural beauty only. No fake tans, fake hair, fake teeth, etc. And it should be the kids choice. If they find it fun let them do it, but keep restrictions on it. No skimpy hooker clothes, skanky dances, etc. And keep their attitudes in check. If they are misbehaving them pull them out like you would any other activity.
swinford
on 01/27/15
from what I see from the show, I say negative. you see kids kicking and screaming that the parents force them to do. all the fake tan, high cost dresses, hair do, hotel rooms, travel is all a waste of money. take that money and the family to Disney land. I feel its wrong hyping the child up on energy drinks, pixie sticks and ect so they can stay awake. let the child be a kid.
SparkleBee
on 01/27/15
SparkleBee
on 01/27/15
I mean, some of the kids are doing it just for fun, of course, but it seems like they should do a pageant about something that actually matters.
Nyankosensei
on 01/27/15
LouisianaPW and 2 others liked this  
They make those little girls look so... gross and fake.
MassSearch
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
Mostly negative due to the age that they begin. It's parents that introduce this lifestyle to their child. Adding makeup and false hair at such an early age gives the child a false perception of themselves. They get older and have to keep the makeup on because they are used to it. Parents are no different. You set the tone. Are you willing to take off the makeup and show your child your true, authentic, self?
HallyMc
on 01/27/15
crscheidies and 1 others liked this  
Sorry, it just seems...really horrendous.
lucky78611
on 01/27/15
negative .......
Warisarcy
on 01/27/15
extremelibrary liked this  
I don't even pay any attention to any of this crap.
safire129
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise and 3 others liked this  
I voted mostly negative, but then started reading comments and one stating there are different kinds, all are not like ones we see on TV. Made me think about it for a minute. Those that dress little girls up like hookers are in no way good. But ones that focus on different things could be good. I was in 4-H as a kid for sewing and we had a fashion show where we modeled the clothes we made. We were judged on the clothes not our looks, wasn't a beauty pageant, but we were taught how to walk and what not on a runway, I got over being so shy about my looks and being in large crowds was okay, so that was good :)
chickeybabe
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise and 5 others liked this  
if it's fun for the child, go for it - - when it's mom's identity, that makes it negative - - same for kid's sports - - and lets not mention parents fighting over stuff at their child's ball game - - get a grip; it's supposed to be
FUN
HeatherRee19
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I agree. I remember when I was little, my parents wouldn't put in the pageants and I wanted to. Once I was older and had more of a choice, I finally joined them. I had a lot of fun and it brought me out of my shell a little. I think if its for the child and they want to do it, then do it!
reneeHunter
on 01/27/15
swaguser30688259 liked this  
I feel a child is put into so much pressure because the mother forces this on their child. I bet the mother is doing this because she didn't get this when she was a child. also the child grows up being a mean spoil brat and more likely depressed as a young adult. I feel that a kid should be a kid. I took my daughter to a local festival pageant twice in her whole life. she is 23 now and a happy young adult. I don't approve of the high glitz pageants. I really bet the girls as teens have a hard time getting boyfriend. they think there to good for many, the boys don't like snobby girls, and the one's they get use and abuse them. why I no is because my two sons told me so. they rather have a down to earth kinda girl.
alison1986
on 01/27/15
nyneelie and 6 others liked this  
Parading little girls around in skimpy revealing outfits, caked on makeup, eyebrows waxed, hair ridiculously large and "perfect", spray tanned from head to toe...it's truly disturbing. I hate to say it, but they look like little hookers and over sexualized. They don't look innocent anymore. What message is the parent sending to the child? If anything, these competitions to see "which girl is the prettiest" should at least not be aired on TV. Like it or not, perverts and pedophiles probably watch it. I wonder if there has ever been a stalking or kidnapping due to shows like "Toddlers and Tiaras." They usually say the town and names of the people, it probably wouldn't be that hard for a person to find you after seeing a girl they liked on TV, if they really wanted to. After everything that you hear about on the news...it just wouldn't surprise me. Stop subjecting little girls to this. Gross.
Mouseskin
on 01/27/15
tfjparadise liked this  
I agree totally
Sleepymei
on 01/27/15
child abuse

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