Child empowerment or sexualisation?
Child empowerment or sexualisation?A potential French ban puts child beauty pageants in the spotlight.
Tiny Miss English Beauty contestants wait to go onstage on July 22, 2012 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Protested in various parts of the world, child beauty pageants took another hit last week when the French parliament moved to ban them entirely, and impose heavy penalties on violators. Opponents of child pageants accuse them of damaging children through premature sexualisation, while proponents say they can boost children’s self-confidence. So, are child beauty pageants harmful, and should governments regulate them?
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