Here’s Why Beauty Pageants Need To Be Stopped ASAP

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With the global popularity of beauty pageants, Nepal also seems to host a variety of new pageants. Such pageants are held to help women from young ladies to teenagers and adults acquire confidence, learn valuable skills, learn how to groom, and provide exposure to a wide range of possibilities.

The competitors earn the title by facing different rounds of the beauty contest like passing physical attributes mostly, personality, talent, and the public on-stage questions year after year. We accept these events as samples of what an ideal society should resemble.

However, beauty pageants have caused problems for many girls and women. Is it really necessary to hold a beauty contest every year? Why should a panel of judges sit down to determine whether or not a woman is intellectual after two rounds of questioning? Isn’t every woman perfect in her own right? They all deserve respect and acceptance in society.

Here are the reasons why beauty pageants need to get stopped asap:

Contestants are evaluated for their flaws

Everyone in this society, from children to adults, is subjected to society’s norm of judging. Women competing in beauty pageants are judged primarily on their physical appearance rather than any other attributes. People, on the other hand, judge them based on their flaws, causing them to harm themselves.

Causing low-esteem in contestants

Contestants are expected to have flawless bodies, teeth, skin, and everything else. Eating disorder behaviors, body dissatisfaction, and depression result as a result of this. Furthermore, some candidates receive negative feedback from their peers after losing the competition. People need to understand that losing a beauty pageant does not make them any less attractive or intelligent.

Sexual harassment of contestants

There have been several reports of sexual harassment of beauty pageant contestants. We’ve heard many times that the organizers obtain the phone numbers of the contestants without the candidates’ consent. They even ask for sexual favors, try to touch them inappropriately, or blackmail them to help them advance in the pageant. Some organizers, on the other hand, fail to protect candidates in situations where they might be harassed.

Over-valuation of a perfect body type

Women of different shapes and sizes, such as those who are short or overweight, have their moments in the spotlight, but never in large beauty pageants where they compete against other women with slim bodies. On top of everything else, the pageant organization wants to promote modeling potential in a winner.

Emphasis on beauty over talent

The encouragement of hard effort, discipline, attractiveness, and intelligence is just based on words. Deserving candidates are unable to make it to the top of the list. There are a few rounds of questioning that do not assess a person’s level of intelligence; they make contestants parade semi-naked clothing that has nothing to do with any talents.

Lowers confidence of women who cannot take part in it

All beauty pageants do is assess each woman’s attractiveness. Many participants may become overwhelmed simply because they want to be the most attractive. Some women, on the other hand, are physically disfigured as a result of illness or birth with a deformity, making them feel socially rejected. 

Effect on the younger generation of girls

Competitions and beauty pageants like these have a negative impact on society because we all tend to follow media trends. All of this sends the wrong message to our younger female generation, who are taught that being flawless and attractive is mandatory.

Objectification of women

The body of a woman is far more sexualized than that of a man, but pageants expose more women. The most sexualized parts of a woman’s body are her posterior, breasts, and abdomen. The notion that a woman’s appearance is her most important feature is revolting. In this mindset, women are only good for sexual interaction and pleasure, household tasks, and aesthetic pleasure.

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Asmita Rai

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