French Senate Approves Ban on Pageants for Young Girls

Just last month in Paris the French Senate approved a ban on beauty pageants for girls younger than sixteen years old. This new amendment is aimed at increasing gender equality. “It is extremely destructive for a girl between the age of 6 and 12 to hear her mother say that what’s important for her is to be beautiful. We are fighting to say: What counts is what they have in their brains.” Chantal Jouanno, the ban’s champion. Most pageant mother’s complained and said that these pageants made their daughters feel like a princess for the day and they met new friends. Maud Chevalier, who started Graines de Miss in 2001, states that this ban shows how “misinformed people are about beauty pageants.”

I agree with the French Senate’s choice on this ban. Pageants for very young girls has gone to the extreme, making them seem as though they must dress like a doll in order to be considered “beautiful.” Think about putting your own children in this situation, getting them a fake tan, fake nails, high heels, short dresses, fake hair and even fake teeth! Not only does this make your children feel as though they weren’t pretty enough before, but it makes them grow up too fast. As a child, I had always wanted to grow up and look glamorous, wear pretty dresses and do my hair, I did not know at this time that I should just enjoy being young. Anybody under the age of sixteen should not feel the pressure to look nice to impress others. Now that I am older I know why my mother did not let me participate in any pageants, it only builds unhealthy competition. I believe that the French Senate’s choice to ban beauty pageants for young girls was a great decision.

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  1. You need to respond to the quote: “ Most pageant mother’s complained and said that these pageants made their daughters feel like a princess for the day and they met new friends.” Why then, are they banning the pageants?
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