I recently saw an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras, some ridiculous show about child pageants. I had a really hard time watching it and my heart just broke for little girls being forced into child pageant shows.
I'm not really sure what possesses mothers to put their children through this, but is it really worth it? Honestly, it's hard for me to see mothers as anyone other than people who are trying to relive their glory days through their small children, taking advantage of their youthful skin and beautiful smiles.
My aunt's young daughter goes through beauty pageants, and my aunt knows I can't stand it. However, in my aunt's defense, her daughter doesn't put on trashy clothing, wear heavy makeup or get her eyebrows waxed. She just sings and wears age-appropriate cute clothing. Maybe there are other women out there like my aunt – and I am positive there are – but I still don't support the idea of child beauty pageants. (Little Miss Sunshine is probably my favorite movie, by the way).
Another problem I have is that these kids are from the same parents who bitch and moan about pedophiles and perverted men watching their kids. Yes, these men are disgusting creatures and every parent has a right to not want them near their children. However, why are you vehemently boycotting pedophiles and other sick people all the while doing this to your kid:
Yes, predators are fully responsible for their own actions; these mothers aren't telling them what to do. It just wouldn't be a bad idea if the parent would reevaluate their actions when they start wondering why their child is being stared at by an adult. Our children are not trophies to slap on a bookshelf, or to be documented for the entire world to see so we can make a pretty penny. Our children are still developing, still so fragile and in need of being cared for by a loving adult. This is just disgusting exposure and girls are being used as real-life dolls by their mothers.
Kids are supposed to be happy and carefree, running around in the backyard with soccer balls or having tea parties. I'm not nuts about Barbie, but even she's better than what these little girls, these children, are actively being put through.
My step-daughter has recently dabbled in makeup and her father and I refuse to let her wear anything but lip-smackers. She's eleven and already she's surrounded by kids in eyeliner. It's normal for little girls to want to grow up fast, but it's not normal to let them, let alone make a sport out of it. That kind of make-up is for women. That clothing in particular is for women. Ten cans of hairspray? For women.
Why, why, why are mothers doing this to their little girls? Why do people watch it other than for pedophilic jollies?
I'd also like to point out that a little girl screaming, begging her mother not to "tear it off" as she's held down in a chair for a brow-waxing is not just insensitive on the mother's part – it's abusive. Putting your four year old child through hours of hair-dying, waxing, extreme dieting, tanning, and who knows what else is so she can look like Cindy Crawford is child neglect. Why this is even legal is beyond me. I don't see a difference between repeatedly ripping your kid's hair out in the name of beauty and repeatedly hitting your child in the name of authority.
Put a pretty sash on it, walk it down the aisle, dress it up how you want – child beauty pageants are child abuse and we need to legally prosecute all adults involved in this industry.