Take the hit TV show, Toddlers & Tiaras, for example. The girls anywhere from a baby to about eleven years old have it ingrained in their little noggins to be beautiful. Part of the prizes are based on pure beauty. What is that teaching them?
- If I win, I'm beautiful. If I don't win, I must not be beautiful.
Look at the outfits they wear. I see these precious toddlers, hence the name of the show, and even babies wearing a full set of makeup, which consists of: Foundation, powder, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick. If that's not already overboard, guess what? They are also spray tanned and have teeth molds, also known as flippers so that their teeth look perfect. Still not enough? Check out their costumes. These moms are forcing their little girls to wear skimpy apparel, causing them to look like almost the equivalent of a prostitute.
- They are being trained to dress and appear as sexy.
- They are learning that sexual parading is okay
Let's get something straight -- a four year old doesn't need to be wearing breast and butt enhancements. That is sick. That is exploiting your little girl. With having women and men judges as well as an audience, that is beyond inappropriate. No man needs to lust over a little girl, and definitely not a four year old. Again, that is completely disgusting.
Pageants are harmful. They crush little girls' self esteem, train them to become sexy, and they teach them all about sexual parading.
I don't know about you, but I think there needs to be some kind of change around here.