Sexualization Of Our Young Girls – Kids At Beauty Pageants ?!?!?
So here we are, supposedly a civilized people. Many nudists and naturists have really strong issues about protecting our children and rightfully so. Our children are our future and we SHOULD do everything possible to protect them from predators, so we make rules and laws and policies at nudist resorts and clubs….we don’t allow our kids to be nude in public, we tell them to be secretive about their way of life at home, we do not take photos or allow photographs to be taken at many resorts or activities, and we allow the textile-dependent societies to teach that nudism is immoral, inappropriate and dangerous. BUT are we really protecting the children?
We need to realize that nudism is not the problem and predators infiltrate the textile-dependent society and gain access to our children in the worst ways possible…. WITH PERMISSION FROM PARENTS AND SOCIETY as a whole. How many times have you watched a 4 or 5 year old girl on you tube singing a popular song and think “Oh that’s so cute”? She is innocent and has no clue of the meanings of the words and connotations or even the way she mimics the dance moves she has seen in the videos. We watch as she thrusts her thighs and crotch in a manner that imitates sexual intercourse and repeats words that should make adults cringe. This video is seen by millions of people INCLUDING pedophiles who get sexual gratification from it. Swimwear manufactures design “thing bikini” suits that can obviously only fit pre-pubescent girls, Abercrombie and Fitch (an extremely popular clothing brand) has even marketed a specially padded bra for 8-10 year old girls to make them appear to have breasts and make the breasts of 10-12 year olds look like upper teens. Downtown Disney has a store called Studio 365 that dons hair and heavy makeup for little girls to look like princesses. Parents and society accept this sexualization of our children as appropriate.
BUT FOLKS, it gets worse…… CHILD BEAUTY PAGEANTS! Remember Jon Benet Ramsey? Was she protected by anyone? I think not….in fact the shocking story here is intended to make us all think about where our true priorities SHOULD be and shouldn’t be.
Many beauty pageants such as “Little Miss Universe” take girls ages 4-16 and literally exploit their femininity for the public to see. All without any nudity whatsoever, the girls are taught and trained to be sexual and provocative in order to attain the honors of the crowns. They are taught by their parents, peers and society as a whole that their self worth is determined by how well they perform and the awards that they receive. Many girls “retire” by 16 as their bodies change and they become more in need of finding their own identity, but most (according to the American Physiological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls) reports problems with self-acceptance, struggle with relationships, have feelings that self worth only comes from being sexually active, bothered by the fact that they are only wanted by boys and men who are interested in them sexually, not personally. In many reported cases, these girls have been reported to even become involved in preteen and teenage prostitution in order to maintain their need for confirmation that they are “wanted”.
Many pageants are so hyper sexualized that the girls are even taught that by being sexually provocative in movements, dress, and the “runway walk”, they have a better chance of attaining the crown. Many girls, even as young as 4 years old, are professionally taught by instructors on the “proper walk”. This includes going to the end of the runway and giving the judges and camera a provocative wink and “booty pop” as they turn to return to the starting point.
Nancy Irwin, a Los Angeles California Psychotherapist, was quoted in an issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine as saying “These little girls are being trained to look and act like sexual bait” in order to get higher votes and camera popularity and that “mothers who have had inferiority issues are exploiting their own daughters and using them as tools to fulfill desires for their own fame and recognition.”
Stacy Ditterich, a former Ashland Ohio detective is also quoted as saying “in many cases of pedophilia cases nationwide, the perpetrator has possession of large quantities of pageant material from public media sources and even LIVE videos taken while they attended an event. Much of the material includes young girls scantily dressed, walking and flirting seductively for the camera, and at the determined moment, provocatively pulling her top down off her shoulders to expose her upper chest and shoulders to the judges and camera. Then she turns and lifts her dress to show her thighs and panties to the camera. These actions always get the ooohs and awwws of the crowd and in many cases (although not admitted by judges) are deciding factors in the final outcome of the vote. THEN to top it all off, the names and resident cities, as well as the schools they go to and churches they attend are always up for public access and many times announced for the media.
Although I must admit, there have been rare cases where a pedophile was discovered at a nudist event, there is NO legal organized crime prevention organizations that target nudists, nudist resorts or nudist communities and clubs; however, nationwide there are literally thousands of law enforcement organizations that are set up to deter exploitation of children. ALL of these organizations can confirm that pageants and beauty contests, child modeling agencies and similar activities all have one thing in common….. They are a prime source for exploiting little girls and putting them in direct access to pedophiles.
One question in closing……. Why do we as a society accept the exploitation and sexualization of our daughters and continue to promote and watch as our daughters are put on display as sexual beings at the ages of 4-18, and yet brainwash ourselves to believe that we are keeping pedophiles away from our kids because we ban nudity in public for persons OVER 11? Go online sometime and research this one item: the national sex offender’s registry. Just look at how many convicted pedophiles live within ½ mile radius of an elementary school. Then think of the fact that only 12% of all pedophiles even get caught! Ask yourself before you send your daughter to a school beauty pageant or county fair or organized pageant….”Who is in the audience?” And “Do I want MY little girl to be the next victim of rape?”
If this story breaks your heart, stirs up emotion to really look into the truth, then I have done my job here. If not…..I pray that your child will be protected by God, because you obviously aren’t doing your part to stop the exploitation. Pay attention to what your child watches, reads, and the music they listen to…. It’s important. If you want your child to perform, let her perform at church and praise God. Teach her to respect herself and her body and not be sexual bait for those who do not have the ability to respect her.
Information attained from: Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The American Child Psychology Digest, Department of Child and Family Services.
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I agree. I have long been concerned by this style of beauty pageant. It is my perception though, that it is particularly America who take it to the extremes of sexualisation that you mention. I am not aware of it being so prevalent even in the UK where American influence is strong.
I'm sorry to say I cannot avoid the feeling that they are prostitutes in training!
It is very sad that any person's worth should be measured by their ability to sexually excite someone, least of all children.