Abstract

Abstract:

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.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1941-3599
Print ISSN
1939-6724
Pages
pp. 452-470
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-18
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.