Baby Burlesque {Guest Post} | The Momma Diaries

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Baby Burlesque {Guest Post}

Today, I have Melissa from Growing Up Geeky, taking over my space for the day.  I met Melissa a couple of weeks ago at BlogHer12! I've followed her blog for awhile, so it was nice to meet the person behind the words!  AND?  Don't let her fool you, she has the cutest baby bump!
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Hi! I'm Melissa from Growing Up Geeky. Married to Mike, a mad scientist, I am a stay-at-home Mom to my 19-month-old daughter Carina, and the soon-to-be new baby! Mike is an oboe playing organic chemist & I am a former Math-lete and self-proclaimed domestic failure. I think it's safe to say that our kids won't have a prayer at being cool. My blog celebrates our quirks and outright geekiness and provides you with a healthy dose of super cute baby. Please come visit and watch as I grow to freakishly huge proportions.



Skimpy little outfits with feathers and spandex. Heavy makeup. Fake tans and teeth, wigs, and provocative dancing.

No, I'm not having a baby-and-responsibility-free wild night out at a strip club. I'm actually sitting on my couch watching the trainwreck that is Toddlers and Tiaras. If you've never seen this reality television show, please check out some clips {and try not to die of shock} on TLC's website.

I watch this show every now and then when there isn't anything else on TV. It has always slightly disturbed me, but the venom didn't start to flow until recently. A few days ago, an 11 week old baby was competing in a pageant. 11 weeks old?!? The announcer laughed as he said, "Serenity is 11 weeks old and enjoys sleeping 18 hours a day hahahaha." Umm...WTF, mate? The baby was in a ridiculously poofy and most likely uncomfortable dress, and was fast asleep as Mom paraded her across the stage. Hey Momma, I think it's pretty clear here that you're trying to live vicariously through your baby. Why not wait until your child can decide for herself whether or not she wants to participate? Oh, and maybe I'm just daft, but I don't understand how you judge newborn babies in a beauty competition. Are the fat rolls on Serenity's legs just slightly smaller than her competitor's? Give me a freaking break.

I try really hard not to judge these Moms because we all do what we think is best for our little ones. I have to confess, though, I'm not a saint. Saying "when she gets a $2 million Hollywood contract I won't have to work anymore!" (yep - a direct quote) makes me want to vomit. Your child is not a meal ticket; she's hysterically crying because she just lost the competition. Please stop daydreaming about the fame that she will probably never experience, get off of the camera, and comfort your daughter.

The episode got even worse, unfortunately. Out came spray-tanned 3 year olds with fake teeth and wigs shaking their little diaper-clad booties in mini skirts and bikini tops. A wink here. A blown kiss there, all as the judges furiously wrote down notes and scores. These malleable and vulnerable toddlers need to be told that perfect makeup, glittery outfits, and the presence or absence of stray eyebrow hairs are not criteria under which they should accept being judged by - now or ever!

Our little girls cannot speak for themselves; it's our job as Moms to do that. So Mommas, I implore you...demand that your daughters be judged by the quality of their character, not the quality of their clothes. Insist that they are valued for their ideas and creativity, not their facial symmetry or hair style. We should not accept the fact that nearly half of girls ages 3 to 6 worry about being fat; that's a travesty. We need to change this; it's up to us.

What Carina thinks of poofy dresses. I don't think she would go very far in the pageant world.
What do you think of beauty pageants? Good for self-esteem, or for breeding future divas?


Follow Melissa, and her adorable little family, along on Growing Up Geeky!


xoxo

3 comments:

  1. Ugh, I think beauty pagents are terrible! How can you judge the appearance of a BABY? We're having a little girl in November and are very, very aware of making sure she's not "over sexualized" as a child.

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  2. I completely hate that show and what those mom's are doing to their girls. I try very hard to not use the word hate and to not judge others but this just doesn't make sense to me one bit! I have made the choice to never watch this show because I don't want to give them the ratings. I in no way want to support TLC's decision to produce this show. I also have never watched Dance Mom's on Lifetime for the same reason. There are several new shows on TLC that I will never watch because I think that they are not appropriated. At least I'm not the only one that thinks these shows and these mom's are crazy!

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  3. @storiesfromatx.com and Kari - I haven't watched it in a long time and I don't think I will be ever again. Although don't hold me to it...when there's nothing at all on, sometimes Momma needs to see a good trainwreck ;)

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