A mini-hooker? Are they SERIOUS? Tonight’s episode of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” will be showing footage of a pageant where one mother has dressed her three-year-old toddler in a prostitute costume reminiscent of Julia Roberts’ character in 1990’s “Pretty Woman”. Last week, another mom on the same show dressed her four-year-old in a Dolly Parton costume, complete with fake breasts and buns. (The story links can be found at the bottom of this post.)
Although I have some serious issues with the Parents Television Council and their “bible-thumping” foundations, I must say that on this one, we’re of the same mind and purpose. TLC, and for that matter Discovery Communications, INC should be ashamed of themselves for airing this kind of overt sexualization of small children! Along with TLC, the mothers themselves should be called on the carpet as well. What mother in their right mind dresses their young daughter in risque costumes or clothes, and then parades her in front of others? (My question would be “they actually allowed people this stupid to BREED?”)
I have a daughter of my own. She is now seven and a half, and in my eyes at least, she is beautiful both inside and out. She has a heart the size of the Montana sky, she’s nowhere near selfish or self-assuming, and has deep, piercing grey eyes. When she gets older, I’m definitely going to have to keep a shotgun behind the door, if you get my meaning…
I have long been opposed to the objectification of females in general. Beauty pageants, all those trendy magazines like Cosmo and Vogue, and even these little toddler pageants all have the same detrimental effect on women: they focus the woman’s attention on themselves primarily, emphasizing external beauty often to the exclusion of everything else. While beauty is a favorable attribute in a woman, it’s not the only thing that matters.
Mary Woolstonecraft, the 18th-century writer and feminist wrote the following:
“Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
What she’s basically saying there is the same thing that I stated previously. In closing, I truly believe that these mothers and TLC deserve every derisive commentary that they’re now receiving. Shame on them.