Often we may look to the media to blame on the early sexualization of girls. In many cases, It can be appropriate to do because the overexposure of some media can impact what our society chooses to focus on.
It seems that television is captivating audiences mainly through reality tv shows of all kinds. A huge hit across the nation is the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras. It is a controversial reality show showcasing families taking their children, most often young girls, to compete in beauty pageants. Often these parents, referred to as “Stage Moms”, or “Stage Dads”, can be seen sparing no expense to make their child the one to beat from highlights, spray tans, to fake teeth. to. The actual pageantry is overblown. Most times these girls are seen in tiny swimsuits with fake teeth and large hair pieces. These pagents are essentially focusing on fake beauty because these girls are not physically mature enough.
Although it is always healthy to be a competitive it seems these pageants take it to an extreme where it’s not very productive or conducive to the child’s overall self-esteem, especially because the pageant is purely based on appearance and not much else. It is important to remember to maintain normalcy in child live and to keep that childhood innocence alive through activities that allow them to thrive in their natural state.
to see the astonishing video of a child from the show getting her eyebrows waxed in preparation for the pageant.