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Wow. I really applaud the French government for this! Let’s hope that it spreads elsewhere too.


France’s Parliament has moved to ban child beauty pageants on the basis that they promote “hyper-sexualization” of minors. The Senate adopted the bill 196 votes to 146 on Tuesday. It will have to pass the National Assembly before becoming law.

Organizers of pageants would face up to two years of jail time and a large fine (about $40,000). In a presentation to Parliament, former Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno said, “Let us not make our girls believe from a very young age that their worth is only judged by their appearance.” Jouanno wrote a report on the hypersexualization of children in 2011.

The debate in France over the sexualization of children began back in 2010 when Vogue featured a spread in which a young girl wore high heels, a tight dress and makeup. Vogue defended the photo shoot saying that it reflected a common fantasy among young girls to dress like their…

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