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Too young to strut their stuff on the catwalk?

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first_imgSunday Star Times 20 Jan 2013Across the nation, kids are strutting their stuff. Toddlers twirl, 5-year-old boys pump their biceps like skinny mini-Arnies and pubescent 11-year-olds strike hand-on-hip model poses. From Timaru’s Caroline Bay, to Oakura Bay in Taranaki, to Northland’s Glinks Gully, January is beach carnival season, and alongside the sausage sizzles, sandcastle competitions and treasure hunts, there’s almost always a beauty contest. But is it harmless fun to anoint 10-year-olds as Miss Glinks Gully or Junior Mr Muscles Opunake? Or are we on the slippery slope that ends in the creepy swamp of American-style under-age pageants where mentally unstable stage moms dress their toddlers like drag queens and sit in the audience mouthing the words of their songs?…..Auckland child psychologist Rebecca Daly-Peoples doesn’t see beach pageants as the end of civilisation. All the same, they’re another facet of the pressures placed on young people, especially women, to see themselves as sexual objects, and to overrate physical appearance. “Anything that sexualises children is not good,” says Daly-Peoples. “Kids are getting bombarded enough, particularly by music videos.” The daft parts of the carnivals – cute toddlers having a twirl, or 8-year-old boys striking a body-builder pose – strike Daly-Peoples as innocuous (“Even back in the 1950s you’d have beautiful-baby competitions”) but when the competitors are pubertal girls of 10 or 11 being judged for their physical beauty, she’s uncomfortable. “There are enough body-image issues out there already, without sanctioning it in the community.” It’s one thing for a young girl to want to dress up and totter around home in her mum’s high heels, says Daly-Peoples, but it’s quite another to put that child up on a stage to be judged. Obviously, taking part in a lighthearted seaside beauty contest won’t mean you’re doomed to get an eating disorder, but “everyone’s affected by the images we’re bombarded with”, and the longer we can protect our kids from that, the better, says Daly-Peoples.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8199944/Too-young-to-strut-their-stuff-on-the-catwalklast_img read more

COVID-19: I miss wrestling, Adekuoroye laments

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first_imgNigeria wrestling sensation Odunayo Adekuoroye admits she is missing wrestling and prays for its return as the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic. With just over 10 months before the rescheduled Opening Ceremonies of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 23, 2021, the two-time Commonwealth champion remains the only Nigeria wrestler to have booked her place at the showpiece. In a chat with Sportinglife.ng, the world wrestling silver medalist believes the lifting of restrictions on outdoor communal (non-contact) sports in the country is a positive sign that contact sports will soon be considered too.Advertisement Read Also: Lionel Messi claims he is forced to stay at Barcelona“I also got special support from my father in the Lord Dr. D.K Olukoya the general overseer of MFM. His words of admonition, prayers and he has given me assurance of supporting my Olympic medal quest immediately after the lockdown.“We hope the Olympics will not be postponed again. We are just praying that God heal the world so that everything will come back to normal so that we can start preparing again,” the Ondo State-born wrestler told Sportinglife.ng.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “We are all glad when we hear that the government has lifted the ban on non-contact sports. We believe that contact sports which include wrestling will also be given consideration any time from now. It has not been easy training alone because of the social distancing rules and regulations,” the five-time African champion said. The World No.2 wrestler expressed appreciation to Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Worldwide, Dr. Daniel Olukoya for their support during the lockdown. “This lockdown really affected a lot of things globally. During this lockdown I got lots of support from my federation especially from the president, Honourable Daniel Igali. He calls from time to time to know what I needed. I congratulate him on his new position as the commissioner for Youth and Sports in Bayelsa State. I appreciate our Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare for his support too. Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The Worldlast_img read more

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