Author Topic: France Bans Beauty Pageants for Kids Under 16 To Combat ‘Hyper-Sexualization’ of Children  (Read 605 times)

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By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht, Wed, September 18, 2013


This week, the French senate passed a ban on children under the age of 16 competing in beauty pageants, a parliamentary report said.

Anyone who enters a child into a beauty pageant could face up to two years in jail and a $40,000 fine.

The vote to amend the law on women’s rights turned up 196 in favor of the measure, with 146 in opposition.

Conservative lawmaker and author of the amendment Chantal Jouanno said the amendment is aimed at protecting young girls.

"The foundations of equal rights are threatened by the hyper-sexualization that affects children ... between 6 and 12 years old," said Jouanno.

"At this age, you need to concentrate on acquiring knowledge. Yet with mini-Miss competitions and other demonstrations, we are fixing the projectors on their physical appearance. I have a hard time seeing how these competitions are in the greater interest of the child."

The law doesn’t affect male pageants because France doesn’t have them, Jouanno said.

"When I asked an organizer why there were no mini-boy contests, I heard him respond that boys would not lower themselves like that."

It is unclear whether “pretty baby” contests will also fall under the ban, Fox News reported.

The measure was proposed after Vogue magazine featured an image of a provocative 10-year-old French girl in December 2010, according to Raw Story.

The girl, Thylane Loubry Blondeau, was wearing tight clothing, heels and heavy makeup. In the 2011 documentary film “Girl Model,” former model turned scout Ashley Arbaugh repeatedly states that overseas, in Asia and Europe, models as young as 11 and 12 routinely appear in sexualized images in advertisements, whereas is America there is no market for models that age.

Sources: Fox News, Raw Story
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/france-bans-beauty-pageants-kids-under-16-combat-hyper-sexualization-children

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I can't say that I completely agree with criminalizing the matter this way, but I do agree with the broader proposition that children have been hyper-sexualized in Western culture.

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I can't say that I completely agree with criminalizing the matter this way, but I do agree with the broader proposition that children have been hyper-sexualized in Western culture.

I do have mixed feelings about this as well. To me these pageants is a good place for stranger dangers to hang around...
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I do have mixed feelings about this as well. To me these pageants is a good place for stranger dangers to hang around...

Jon Benet Ramsey.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Jon Benet Ramsey.

Yep.. I think someone who knew her killed her..
"Die-hard conservatives thought that if I couldn't get everything I asked for, I should jump off the cliff with the flag flying-go down in flames. No, if I can get 70 or 80 percent of what it is I'm trying to get ... I'll take that and then continue to try to get the rest in the future."

Ronald Reagan

"We must continue to go into space for humanity.” - Dr. Stephen Hawking

The US Constitution is a result of compromise and ideals... and I think it's pretty darn great.

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Yep.. I think someone who knew her killed her..

Same here.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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