I realize by writing this letter, I am setting myself up to be called an old fogy who’s sticking her nose in where it does not belong. But that’s OK.
The front page of the Community section of the Feb. 8 paper has an article about the 2012 Miss ACES Pageant. I am opposed to beauty contests in general, but especially elementary age kids. Even if some emphasis is placed on talent and/or academics, there is still too much emphasis placed on physical appearance.
An elementary school age girl should still be playing dolls and enjoying the innocence of childhood. I realize that exposure to the media influences a child’s interests, but a parent should control what they are seeing and what they are reading. Sure, kids are influenced by their peers, but parents need to teach their children cause, effects and moral values.
It’s interesting that on the same page there are five birth announcements; only one of these has parents with the same last name. One does not even mention the father’s name.
Thankfully, each one of these girls chose to have their babies and not abort them, but God’s word does not change; sex before marriage is a sin and there are consequences to sin. Just look at the statistics of how many from one-parent homes end up committing crimes, hooked on drugs or murdered.
I recognize these same things sometimes happen in Christian homes, but the chances are far greater in one-parent homes where many times the grandmother is that one parent.
I do not personally know any of the little girls who participated in the elementary school pageant. They very well may come from the most stable of homes. I just hope they are being taught that true beauty comes from the soul.
02/20/12 at 09:44 AM
I personally know most of the girls in the Miss ACES pageant and can assure Mrs. Sparks that they are some of the sweetest girls that one will ever come across. They do still play dolls and practice good manners and morals. I don't have the answer to her concern that pageants judge girls on outward beauty. I guess it's kind of like playing sports depends on one's atheletic ability. I do know that Lilly Kenyon seemed thrilled with her title of Miss Congeniality. Pageants are a lot of work and make me thankful that I only have sons.
No one said those girls weren't sweet. But it has gotten to the point where there is no limit to the fakeness. Not to mention how many pageants in this town that are "pre-won". And say what you will, but it IS damaging to a little girl's self-esteem if she is not judged to be as pretty as her peers, especially when it's the same people winning time and time again. (Usually the ones who spend the most MONEY.) No one enjoys being a loser, and that's exactly how many of these girls feel if they are not winners. What happened to the days when girls were judged on their actual beauty and poise, rather than fake hair, fake teeth, fake tan, and lots of makeup and sparkles? You can't even tell who these kids are when they walk on stage!
The above comment was not written by Sam White. I'm not sure if the person writing the comment was just using a generic name or trying to be hateful, but to all my friends, that comment was not written by me, Sam White. By the way, good luck to all the girls who want to be in beauty pageants. You are all beautiful!!!
02/24/12 at 09:18 AM
There was nothing in my comment that was untrue. If people find the truth hateful, then so be it. Truth hurts sometimes.
And by the way, Sam White, you do not hold the copyright for the name Sam. Just because it isn't your doesn't mean it's a 'generic name'.