Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why do we do this to our daughters?  

Huffington Post put up this video recently. It's a clip from a horrific show on TLC called "Toddlers & Tiaras" (which is about exactly what the title implies) that depicts one of the pageant mothers forcing her crying five year-old daughter to get her eyebrows waxed. The girl was traumatized from a previous waxing session during which her skin was ripped off.

Pure child abuse, and a prime example of how gender roles and beauty expectations operate in a vicious cycle. I'm sure this pageant mother's parent(s) forced the same twisted values on her. Even though I don't plan to have kids in my lifetime, sometimes I wish I could raise a daughter, if only to teach her that her self-worth goes beyond having well-shaped eyebrows.

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    It frustrates me that TV networks like this promotes the stereotype of what a young, feminine child is supposed to look like. Not only does it do that, but it also shows parents that it is OK to treat their young children like that. I can only hope that this show will be taken off the air and serious ramifications are brought to the producers of this television series. If you have time, check our our new blog WTF! We're the Future, it is a new Social Justice Publication. Thanks so much for writing this peice!! Wtfcsusm.wordpress.com

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