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Kiddie Porn | Pimp Moms

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 00.09 AM EDT, 6 May 2010

“I’m going to smile and make you think I’m happy, I’m going to laugh, so you don’t see me cry, and even if it kills me – I’m going to smile.”

UNITED STATES – Child beauty pageants are as revolting and damaging to female children as the other heinous practices which have been highlighted in this blog.  From Leblouh to FGM, the pain inflicted upon daughters by mothers who willingly participate in their physical and psychological abuse will haunt them for the remainder of their lives. These mothers are not bad people, they just want the best for their daughters when they try to physically mold and conform them to dangerous and idealized standards of beauty.

Ultimately, the problem with child beauty pageants is the sexualization of girls as young as 2 and 3 years old. There is no justification for this aspect of the industry. A child’s confidence lies not in how closely she can approximate a grown woman through the artifice of make-up, but in how we as parents help her to develop her innate gifts and abilities so that her external beauty compliments her personality and talent instead of dominating her existence.

What a woman chooses to do with her body is her right, but a child is innocent and lacks the autonomy to exercise free will. To dress a girl up and make her parade around a stage like a prostitute is unconscionable. To quote James Whitcomb Riley, “When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”


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About Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Nahmias was interviewed on Radio Netherlands Worldwide program titled 'The State We’re In,' about her life in Africa and her determination to transcend her past. She started the Nahmias Cipher Report to provide information to readers about life in emerging economies, and to provide alternative insight into the challenges faced by women and children living in these countries. The blog features stories from around the world to inspire other people to persevere and triumph in the face of great adversity. She blogs about current events in emerging economies, international politics, human rights abuses, women’s rights and child advocacy.

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4 Comments on “Kiddie Porn | Pimp Moms”

  1. Dshp Says:

    I think people worried about this have nothing better to do with their time than to judge others. If you do not like them do not watch them and move on! There are no perverts in the audience it is mothers, grandparents, coaches and daddies. I think all little girls like to play dress up this is so stupid to argue over .
    Get over it people!!!!

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    • Ayanna Nahmias Says:

      Appreciate your comment. However, if people want to indulge in dress up as mothers, daughters, and grandmothers, then it should remain within the sanctity of their homes and communities.

      Instead, these girls are paraded in public and made to appear much older than their actual ages. This is the problem. For those old enough to remember Shirley Temple, she was a child movie star but she still looked liked and acted like a little girl. Photo @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Little_Princess_4.JPG

      Her appeal to the public was her innocence. By contrast, the young girls in American Child Beauty Pageants, don’t look like little girls and they are encouraged to mimic adult female sexuality as a means to win. They are prized for their apparent worldly knowledge and this is a dangerous precedent because it enables pedophiles to justify abuse. I have watched several programs and interviews with pedophiles and they all claimed that their victims, the ‘children,’ were willing participants who knew their bodies and what they wanted. This is the problem.

      I don’t watch this show or any other beauty pageants because I find them offensive. I think that these mother’s should find their own passions and live their own dreams. If they want to be beauty pageant queens then they should compete — I am sure somewhere in America there are contests for older women who missed out the first go round.

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  2. whatsaysyou Says:

    You absolutely have a point that child beauty pageants are as bad as abuse and exploitation of a child in human trafficking. To see a little girl covered in thick make up and adult-like clothes is freaky rather than cute and pretty. You’re not the only person saying this and I too am against child beauty pageants to the hilt.

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  1. Survivor News on the Web (May 5-May 11, 2010) « If She Cry Out - 13/05/2010

    [...] Ayanna Nahmias argues that child beauty pageants promote false ideas of confidence by teaching young girls that poise comes from how closely a young girl can imitate the sexuality of grown women.  True confidence comes from developing a child’s innate gifts and abilities so that “her external beauty compliments her personality and talent instead of dominating her existence.” [...]

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