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Boys and pageants

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UNDATED - There's an increasing number of boys deciding to take to the runway and stage to compete for crowns at pageants all across the U-S. 

Statistics indicated the percentage of boys participating has double in just the last five years.  An estimated 10% of pageant contestants are now boys, complete with sequins, hairspray, makeup and lip gloss. 

Some pageant moms and dads say it allows their child the freedom of expression, while others admit they're living out a void in their own life.  Others say it's simply harmless experimenting.  Some critiques believe re-enforcing such behavior in boys will lead them to one day be gay. 

Such freedom of expression comes at a price, the boys are oftentimes subjected to bullying, criticism and heartache.

What do you think?  Would you allow your son to compete in a beauty pageant?  Take our web poll.

Note: Some information for this story was provided by ABC News.  

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