Online petition rails against child beauty pageants
Word that a beauty pageant for children was being organized for later this fall in Laval has sparked much conversation — and outrage — throughout the province.
An organization called National Canadian Girl Pageant is organizing the event, set for Nov. 24, for youngsters — some as young as 2 months old.
And now, there's an online petition demanding pageants for youngsters be kept out of Quebec, which in its first 24 hours has already garnered 15,000 signatures.
The people behind the petition say pageants — especially for pre-school kids — only serve to reinforce an unhealthy obsession with body image.
And many of those who've left comments on the page are mirroring a lot of the criticism that gets leveled at these events — that they're degrading to kids, and that kids have no business wearing makeup and high heels for entertainment purposes.
One commenter suggests banning the pageants outright, as is the case in France.
In Quebec City, Agnès Maltais, the minister in charge of the Status of Women, says the government can't legislate child beauty pageants out of existence, but is expressing concern that children are being "hypersexualized" in these pageants.
Photo courtesy: National Canadian Girl Pageant