December 2, 2011 4 Comments
So, I saw this segment on GMA the other day, and I was pretty horrified by it. Basic premise: there’s a growing trend of taking ever younger girls for spa treatments, manicures/pedicures, and yes, even a bikini wax.
What I really hate is emphasizing for young girls that what’s really important is their external appearance. It’s bad enough that society is doing this all the time– the fact that their own parents are doing it to is both depressing and infuriating. Oh, of course, all these lame parents justify it by how much fun their child is having. What child doesn’t love spending time one-on-one with a parent and being the center of attention. First, you can do that without a pedicure. Second, children are already overly prone to thinking they are the center of the world.
Basically, a lot of parents seem to take the approach that their daughters enjoy it, so how can it be a bad thing. That’s asinine, of course. Heck, Evan enjoys throwing water bottles at people. David would play video games every waking moment and be quite happy doing so. The job of a parent is not simply to let your child do whatever makes them happy. The job of the parent of a daughter is most definitely not to further emphasize society’s message that external appearance is what matters most for females.