Been thinking about commonly held beauty standards and about how truly warped and weird our world is sometimes. Earlier in the week, everyone was talking about the opening ceremonies in the Olympics and the moment when the pretty little Chinese girl sang for everyone. Later, we all learn that she was lip-synching because the voice really belonged to another little girl who wasn't considered quite pretty enough to represent her country.
Okay, I don't know about you guys but this completely pissed me off. We're talking about a seven year old girl who is told...hey, your voice is great but you just aren't pretty enough so we're gonna steal your voice and stick it on this other little girl, who unlike YOU, is pretty. Oh PUL-LEEEZ. When are people gonna grow the hell up and see what is right in front of them. The value of a person doesn't rest on pretty or ugly or average. Skin color is irrelevant and so is financial worth.
The whole episode over the little girls makes me think of all those "baby beauty pageants". Now I hope I don't tick any0ne off when I say I think they are reprehensible. Sticking layers of fake hair, fake eyelashes and $1500 dresses on a six year old is beyond ridiculous. Fans of the practice say it teaches their daughters self-esteem. I don't buy it for a minute. Many of us have daughters and I hope we're teaching them to value things like brains, wit, compassion and kindness. These are the kinds of things I look for in a friend and pray I have instilled in my own daughter. Encouraging talent and good grooming is fine and dandy. I have no problem with that. But turning a perfectly adorable and normal six year old into a little "mini me" is beyond ridiculous.
Thanks for letting me rant. Just had to get this off my chest. :-) Ah...I feel soooo much better now!