(French Vogue Photograph from 2011, which sparked a nation-wide controversy about ‘hyper sexualized children in France)
The French government has moved to ban children’s beauty contests in an attempt to address what some officials have deemed the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of young girls.
Thanks to reality television (Toddlers and Tiaras in particular) we are all familiar with the crazy moms who turn their children into beauty queens. So naturally when one hears that beauty pageants parading dolled-up kids under the age of 16 will soon be banned in France, one can breathe a sigh of relief.
The National Assembly still has to vote on it but we are hopeful. Baby steps.
Prompted by the controversy surrounding a 2011 Vogue magazine spread that featured three young girls (including the 10-year-old shown above), French lawmakers have finally come to their senses, even if mothers haven’t.
If only the US could follow suit, the world would be a better place.
The law forms part of the new “equality bill” presented to the French Senate on Monday by France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. It included legislation to tackle unequal pay, domestic violence and to encourage fathers to take parental leave.
Under the new law, pageant organizers may now face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €30,000 ($40,000).
Why you ask? Just take a look at these.
Where is their childhood? Do you see it any of the images?
It is scary to see children as young as four years old, dolled up in this way.
Child beauty pageants have been a hot subject of debate for some time now. Here is what some people have had to say about them.
Personally I think child beauty pagents are a terrible idea, do you not see that your kid looks like a stripper?— Emma Hughes ♥ (@ImEmmaHughes) July 15, 2013
child beauty pagents are the most pathetic things ever.All their mum's are overweight and ugly and living their lives through their children— 케니 (@p0nthiswei) February 24, 2012
I feel like beauty pagents are another form of child abuse. Who is someone to tell a 7 year old child they aren't pretty?— Sam Hall (@samhallll) June 20, 2013
Not to many things more disturbing than those child beauty pagents and their parents that I just saw on tv.....creepy! http://myloc.me/5ro3r— Griffin Zarbough (@GriffinZarbough) March 31, 2010
How do people not see child beauty pagents as abuse? And why am I watching Toddlers and Tiaras anyway?— Angela MacIsaac (@that_angela) August 11, 2011
These child beauty pagents are disgusting me on this toddlers and tiaras... its like a circus for the vunerable and exploited....— Maria Fowler (@MariaFowler) September 7, 2011
God help the poor children who's mothers force them to be in child beauty pagents. #toddlers&tiaras— Emily Luderman (@EJLuder) January 26, 2012
What are we are teaching children? That they are not good enough?
Little girls should worry about playing, schoolwork and sleepovers. They will have plenty of time to fret about looking beautiful and sexy in their adulthood.
Wearing layers of makeup, donning hair extensions and false eye lashes, emphasizing full lips, wearing high heels, doing provocative dance steps, teasing poses and facial expressions…
If that isn’t child abuse, what is?