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Why beauty pageants are bad for boys and dangerous for girls

Why beauty pageants are bad for boys and dangerous for girls

To the editor: For mothers and young daughters, I suppose beauty pageants are the flip side of Little League baseball for fathers and sons. (“There are three activities I won't let my daughters try. One is beauty pageants,” Opinion, Jan. 4)

Parents of both genders of course want their offspring to strive for excellence and develop poise, whether that may happen on the fashion runway or baseball field. But too often the parent pushes his or her child to excel in a prominent activity as a means of living vicariously through the child’s heralded successes. That’s...

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