Toddler's And Tiaras On TLC, Television Learning Channel

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Child Exploitation What is child exploitation? Child is defined as a young person especially between infancy and youth. It also can be one strongly influenced by another or by a place or state of affairs. Exploitation is to make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage. Toddler’s and Tiara’s on TLC, Television Learning Channel, is a prime example of child exploitation. It primarily shows little girls, age 18 months to early teens, parading in scandalous outfits while the parents are cheering on. Is there something wrong with this picture? Thankfully, I am not the only person that is infuriated by this show. Beauty pageants originated as a marketing tool in 1921 by an Atlantic City hotel owner who wanted the city’s tourists…show more content…
A stage mom is a term for the mother of a child actor. The mother will drive her child to auditions, make sure he or she is on the set on time. It also has a negative meaning, suggesting that the individual is prone to obnoxiously demanding special treatment for her child, or suggesting that the individual has placed inappropriate pressure on her child to succeed. I believe that a “stage mom” is living out her own dreams through her child. What does Lindsay mean by her statement? As an adult, it means you have to give it your all to win. But when you’re dealing with children and instilling this message on them, these children will only know winning is everything. I don’t want to judge Lindsay’s ability as a parent, but a parent is defined as a person or entity that owes to a child a legally imposed duty of support. How is she supportive when she tells her child this one sided statement of winning to whatever means possible. Adding to this atrocity; she outfitted her daughter, then 4 years old, with faux breasts and padding for her derriere to more convincingly portray the curvaceous Dolly Parton. When I read about it, this display of pageantry is immoral and down-right disgusting. I’m thinking this was her way of reasoning “do what it takes.” Most stage mother’s claim that their child wanted to enter the…show more content…
Since there is no law to this, there’s no regulation to what the contestants can show on stage. The boundaries of sexuality on these shows are pushed inch by inch. The promoters hold all the power and choices to what they want to see and expect on that stage. Some mothers lie about their child’s age so the child can appear more mature and poised for that age group; now some pageants require birth certificates along with the entry form to validate age. But not all the pageants have this requirement. Beauty pageants are one of the fastest growing businesses in America grossing over 5 million dollars. The parents invest so much money into a pageant that they have to hire a make-up artist, hair stylist, sing or dance lessons, lodging to pageant locations, entry fees, the different outfits, etc. Its mind boggling that the prize money is less than the preparation for these pageants. On a September issue of People magazine shows a transformation of a normal little girl into one the contestants for a pageant, the total cost was $3,703 for wiglet, dress, and to boots that took 3 hours to complete. Children get distracted very quickly and I can see the frustrations the parents had to deal with. They are putting a lot of stress on these kids at such a young

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