Oh my God, a toddler should not be made up to look like this:
Note: the previous photos have been removed by the original source, so here's a lovely video. The images may continue to change, but I stand by my opinion, no matter how many personal insults continue to come my way. I can't see anyone changing anyone else's mind on this one.
Lindsay from Surburban Turmoil was a spectator at a recent child beauty pageant in Texas, and she witnessed the trials and tribulations of the little beauty queens.
Check out her funny, sad, and enlightening stories:
The Problem with Pageants
I just can't comprehend the rationale of people who put their little ones in beauty pageants. It's one thing if a teenager or adult makes a choice to be in one (although I'm still not a big fan), but forcing your 2-year old to wear wigs, false teeth, and parade around on stage when they don't want to be up there?! That's so much pressure for a child.
I want my children to be able to stay kids for as long as possible.
I love this exchange between Lindsay and her 3-year old daughter, after watching the pageant:
“Did you have fun today?” I asked her as I strapped her in for the ride home.
“Yeah,” she replied.
“Hey, you don’t want to be in a pageant like those crazy babies, do you?”
“No!” she shouted. “I wanna crush bad guys! An’…big spiders!”
Update: Okay, comment moderation has been turned on, and foul comments have been deleted and will not be approved. I don't have time to deal with personal attacks (all coming, interestingly enough, from people who have only been registered on Blogger for a day). If someone has a persuasive argument, I'll post it. Otherwise, don't waste your time and mine.
Update: Also in the category of 'Ways To Sexualize Your Child Way Too Young'... I bring you:
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