Working Girls: Economies of Desire in the American Child Beauty Pageant

Working Girls: Economies of Desire in the American Child Beauty Pageant
JD Whitney
9/24/19 12:44
The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
The American child beauty pageant is often met with controversy: allegations of indecency seem to swirl with every sashay. A stark example of this occurred in the early 2010s with the debut of Toddlers & Tiaras, a reality program dedicated to child pageantry. Using this program as its contemporary popular culture touchstone, the article traces back the history of the American child beauty pageant—and its moral panics. By examining the philosophical constructions of childhood innocence and desire alongside discourses of child pageantry, this article asserts that the cultural anxieties associated with child pageantry are intimately connected to issues of labor through class, gender, race, and regionality.
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/733487/summary
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