Toddlers and Tiaras is an American reality Tv series that follows the lives of young girls who are in beauty pageants. They get fake tans, wear makeup, wigs, extensions, flippers (fake teeth), and revealing outfits when they participate in the pageants. They take months practicing and preparing for the next pageant. Some girls start as early as a baby, and most of the girls on the show are between the ages of 4 and 10. They are judged based off of performance, looks, and personality. The girls who win gets a crown and money. I have watched this show, and personally I think it is a bit disturbing, for multiple reasons. The first reason is that a lot of the times, the girls don’t WANT to participate in the pageants, but their mothers push them to do it. I believe that young children are individuals and they should have the choice of what they want to do. The next reason is, it is indoctrinating the wrong messages from a very early age. Entering young girls in beauty pageants where they are judged based off of their looks, will give them the impression that all they are good for is being beautiful. It internalizes sexism, gender roles, and misogny. It teaches girls that the only way to be “pretty” is to wear makeup, get fake tans, wear revealing outfits, ect. It also reinforces gender roles, teaching young girls that there is only ONE way to be. Some say it sexualizes young girls. In my opinion, these are very close-minded views, and no children should be introduced to these lessons at such a young age. They will pick up on these messages because of the media, anyways, so why make it even worse by enforcing it in your home? I would love to hear your opinions on this! Comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!