There is currently sweeping legislation being considered in France seeking to equalize the gender pay disparity, deal with domestic violence and encourage more fathers, who are also parents, to take family leave
The French Senate has already approved an amendment that will prevent girls under the age of sixteen from participating in beauty pageants.
The penalties for ignoring this ban for people arranging such events would be steep: two years imprisonment and a $40,000 fine. (American dollars.)
Gallic mademoiselles will have to refrain from getting hosannas for their looks or baton twirling for most of their childhood.
Although beauty contests are a popular tradition in France, there is concern about the hypersexualization of very young girls, which is becoming an inherent part of the process.
It is encouraging to see France take a stand for women through such equality legislation. Perhaps their American counterparts can began to demand more rights and regain those being eroded.
Still,the end of young girls competing in pageants means no French Honey Boo Boo’s.