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New Zealanders say NO to child beauty pageant

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

We’ve taken a few ridiculous afflictions from America on the chin. Shameless how people (usually white trash) exploit their children for a few minutes of fame. But we do draw the line at Beauty Pageants for toddlers. All babies being special and talented and beautiful, why subject them to scrutiny and judgement? To prove what? Toddlers don’t give a toss. Only adults have an ego like that. Having kids doesn’t make you a good parent. It just means you had sex, at least once. Which most anyone can do. You can even pay for it.

Supporters of the pageants indicated that the children were happy playing dress up for a day. I may be wrong, but to me, dress up was never about being put on display like a doll, trained to perform, and parade around in front of adults with clipboards. Playing dress up was when Mum made eye patches for me and my dolls, so we could play pirates. It was being towed around the living room floor, sitting inside a cardboard box, sailing my ship on the seven seas.

The children have no choice in the matter. When I was a toddler, I insisted to my mother I wanted pukeko sandwiches for lunch. Nothing but eating a pukeko would suffice. I stood on the kitchen table shouting and giggling, “pukeko, pukeko, pukeko!” (I think in the end I probably got peanut butter instead). Being young is about the freedom to make exactly these kind of fun, nonsensical decisions so that your parents can make the sensible ones. Toddlers don’t have the maturity and foresight to say, “no Mum, this weird Barbie doll fantasy you have is not for me.” They barely have the vocabulary.

The 4.2% of New Zealanders polled who indicated they’d welcome such a pageant, are so outvoted its not even worth mentioning them. There were more people in favour of the holocaust and that idea was significantly more emotionally scarring. Therefore, these supportive twits may do well to consider the reasons why such an idea is so unpopular. You wouldn’t take a risk on your child’s physical health. So why risk their mental health? Such wounds are much harder to detect and there is no telling how those invisible hurts may manifest themselves at any point during a persons life. There are enough exterior pressures within the world that young people face and will inevitably encounter in due course. Before that time comes, let them simply be themselves.


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