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France Votes To Ban Sexy, Sexy Child Beauty Pageants Because They Know What’s Up

child beauty pageantsFrench pageant moms are no doubt crying into their pixie sticks today given that La France is gearing up to deliver an epic smackdown on child beauty pageants. No Honey Boo Boo, “Toddlers & Tiaras,” and Thylane Blondeau debacles over the pond.

French24.com reports that the senate voted to “ban beauty pageants for children under 16.” And not only that, but pageant moms who transgress and perhaps go all DIY illegal pageant underground could face two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros. That’s like THREE pageant dresses and thousands of pixie sticks, you guys!

Apparently, the amendment is just one component of a larger bill devoted to women’s rights:

The senators who voted in favour of the measure argue that it will protect children from being prematurely “sexualised” through the use of heavy make-up and often provocative attire.

The amendment was prompted by a a parliamentary report entitled “Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality”, which, in addition to calling for an end to the pageants, encouraged a ban on adult-style clothing for children, including padded bras and high-heeled shoes.

“Let us not make our girls believe from a very young age that their worth is based only on their appearance,” the author of the report, former sports minister and current senator Chantal Jouanno, said in an interview with free French daily “20 Minutes” last year.

The concerns and issues behind the amendment reportedly hit maximum WTF after then 10-year-old Thylane Blondeau appeared in sexualizing Vogue spread.

Not surprisingly, pageant folk are not pleased with the government vetoing their favorite past-time:

If the bill is signed into law, as expected, pageants like the annual “Mini-Miss” contest in Paris will no longer take place.

The pageant’s creator, Michel Le Parmentier, has protested the amendment, saying that regulations, rather than an across-the-board ban, would be more appropriate.

Le Parmentier has said that if the law is passed, he might move his pageant to Belgium – but close to the French border, in order to accommodate French contestants who want to compete without having to worry about legal consequences.

Did somebody say PAGEANT PROTESTS? Imagine the tulle possibilities!

For now, the bill reportedly heads to the National Assembly (French Parliament’s lower house), for some healthy debate and another vote. But in admittedly premature celebration of such legislation, we’re playing Eve Vawter‘s favorite music video on loop:

(photo:  Glitter Girls Pageants)

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  • Annie

    Très bon!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      croissants!

    • G.S.

      Oui! Oui!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      french fries!

    • G.S.

      Poutine!

  • GPMeg

    OMG, that second GIF. And the video. I’m dyin’! I love it!

  • Simone

    You mean there’s a place where they don’t encourage little girls to look like Bratz dolls or tiny prostitutes? Where a four-year-old imitating Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman would not be popular? Where a preschooler being taught to wiggle her hips, mince across the stage in a thigh-baring dress and have false teeth and eyelashes glued to her face is not considered a good thing?

    I am all for adult women dressing however they please, working in whatever capacity they choose including sex work if that is their thing, and behaving as sexually as they choose to. Because they’re adults. Mothers who force their daughters to enter pageants propped up with sugar and painted like a fifty-year-old Barbara Cartland fan, however, need to be encouraged to rethink their decisions.

    Probably the most horrible thing I saw on Toddlers and Tiaras was a father who was forced to watch his preschool daughter perform her blatantly, ignorantly sexualised routine in their lounge room. Here was his tiny daughter deliberately mimicking all the cues that men are taught to associate with sex – makeup, flouncing, flirting, provocative dressing – and I have never seen a man look more mortified or miserable. Evil, evil shit.

  • kimberly

    Awesome. About time people started recognizing them as damaging.

    • kimberly

      For that age. Not all kids are damaged but it’s a shady industry. Yes, I’ve done pageants so I’m not just blowing smoke out my arse. Not all mom’s are cah-razy either….but it’s an avoidable damage.

  • scooby23

    This is great, but watch as all the pageant moms come in with Pixy Stix and pouty faces with “Oh noes! How will little Glitterzyanah learn about self-confidence/pursuing her modeling career/ having fun/helping the elderly?” or whatever crap they are pushing these days.