|December 15, 2011|
|Ina May Gaskin - probably makes terrible cookies|
|Ina Garten - probably didn't give birth on a farm|
|Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife!|
|Somebody else's microwave (Wikimedia Commons)|
|"No, sir, we don't see your wallet anywhere."|
The toxic culture of the pageant world, the judging of beauty, is confusing to young children who have not yet reached the emotional-intellectual milestones of understanding reality and competition. These little girls become infantilized women as their parents and coaches do whatever it takes to win that crown and of course, the money. The time alone spent prepping for pageants robs girls of their childhood, time that should be spent learning and playing and socializing with friends. Teaching young girls a very narrow version of beauty, transforming their bodies so that their beauty can be measured and judged, or to use their sexualized bodies to earn money for the family is disgusting. I take great offense to this. When you add to this the chemically dangerous spray tans, butt glue, nail glue, eyelash glue, hairspray, and cosmetics applied to these tiny, developing bodies, it is not a stretch to say these pageant programs are both emotionally and physically abusive.Can I get an "Amen!"?