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    Default Child beauty pageants: fun or fiendish?

    Pageants Can Provide a lot of Fun for Kids, but Critics See Them as Potential Havens for Pedophiles


    Child beauty pageants are alive and well, with more than a quarter million kids competing each year.
    Do pageants put their young participants in danger?



    But with renewed focus on the murder of pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey and the growth of the pageant industry, critics wonder if pageants may be attracting unsavory elements.
    When the Ramsey story first broke over 10 years ago, it was fueled in no small measure by the pictures of 6-year-old JonBenet in makeup and Las Vegas showgirl outfits.
    Many were repulsed, saying pageants sexualized little girls.
    But some parents apparently liked what they saw.
    Carl Dunn, CEO of Pageantry Magazine, says he was inundated with calls. "It created tremendous growth at [that] point in time. A lot of events came into existence. So it had a very positive effect at that time."
    Ten years later, business is still booming.
    For pedophiles, that's great news, with pageants offering a potential goldmine of images of children like JonBenet.
    "I would venture to guess that her image is certainly in a lot of collections across the world," says Mark Gado, a police detective in New Rochelle, N.Y.
    Gado has investigated pedophile cases for 10 years and has just written a book about a pedophile priest. He says there's no proof that pedophiles use these events to find children to assault.
    "Parents, I believe, have nothing to fear putting their children in these types of child pageants," says Gado.
    The larger question for parents may be whether these contests help or hurt a child's self-esteem.
    The movie, "Little Miss Sunshine," about a family whose daughter gets into a child beauty pageant, pokes fun at this subculture.
    Many, if not most, parenting experts say these contests can be emotionally damaging for kids.
    But Thumper Gosney, a former Little Miss Texas who was in many pageants alongside JonBenet Ramsey, remembers her time as a child beauty queen fondly.
    "We were 5 years old. We just competed together. It was great."

    ABC News: Child Beauty Pageants: Fun or Fiendish?

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    Funny, they never looked like "fun" for any of the kids I ever knew of or saw doing them...
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    Did you guys hear that??? I hear a small rumble........

    You think THEY are coming back?? You know they can sniff out anything negative about kiddie pageants.

    *runs and hides*

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    ^^ I know - "they" will come tearing through any moment now.

    I'm scared of this thread.
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    It sexualizes them, and reduces them to objects paraded around.. their entire worth based on how plasticized they can be made and how fake they can look.

    Toddlers and 5 year olds wearing makeup, driven to tears by their stagefright mothers who push and push and push.. but saying all the while "it's for the children!"

    Bullshit. It's for your own vanity and ego.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    ^^ I know - "they" will come tearing through any moment now.

    I'm scared of this thread.
    I'm scared too! Yet, strangely excited. Better make it a strong one huh!

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    Ohhhhhhh goody! A Pageant Mom thread! It's been a while. Let's see how long it takes before the Mods have to lock it.

    (I agree with Grimm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    It sexualizes them, and reduces them to objects paraded around.. their entire worth based on how plasticized they can be made and how fake they can look.

    Toddlers and 5 year olds wearing makeup, driven to tears by their stagefright mothers who push and push and push.. but saying all the while "it's for the children!"

    Bullshit. It's for your own vanity and ego.
    Well Grimm you have pretty well summed it up.

    *waits for the Pageantards.*

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    Soj, you like your vodka with lemon or lime??

    I'm bartendar while we wait.....

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    As long as no one posts any pictures, we should be okay.

    Lynnie, if you're pourin', I'll take both lemon and lime for this thread.
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    In our local paper you see pageant pics all the time. They're like crack to some parents...viewing them in the paper and having your kid be in one. There's pageants and shit for everything under the sun here in my neck of the woods. For both sexes and from birth on. It's creepy seeing an 18 month old wearing makeup and a humongous crown that probably weighs more than its head. You know you can get "hair" woven into your baby's little fuzz to make them more attractive? Nothing like the South, I tell ya... The people who make those baby heels from that other thread should come here to market them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    Soj, you like your vodka with lemon or lime??

    I'm bartendar while we wait.....
    Either is fine. An Icepik(vodka and iced tea) with some lemon sounds good right now!~

    *if there is any delay, just POST A PIC OF A CHILD FROM A PAGEANT and they will smell it out from anywhere on earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    As long as no one posts any pictures, we should be okay.

    Lynnie, if you're pourin', I'll take both lemon and lime for this thread.
    who gives a crap, we have lawyers now and they're not bullying a 17 year old kid anymore

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    oh snap.

    EVERYBODY GOOGLE NOW!



    She looked tickety tack before, but now she's total plastic tranny hotness. Seriously, whynot just have a cardboard cutout do the pageant? it would be more realistic.
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    Wheeeee!!!!

    Before and after "expert" photo retouching!
    Last edited by NoDayButToday; June 30th, 2008 at 07:39 PM.

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