'Toddlers & Tiaras' Stage Mom Is Right About Pedophiles


toddlers tiaras pedophilesIt's hard to believe one of the moms on TLC's frightening hit show, Toddlers & Tiaras, has just said something that's sensible, but it happened. As T&T gears up for its third season (only three? how are there are so many things to talk about in only two seasons???), Joey Lynn George, mom to Hailey, wants you to know you'd better not say anything negative about her daughter and pedophiles to her face. But the thing is, what this mom to a house full of beauty pageant contestants actually said makes a lot of sense.

Joey Lynn schooled a reporter by saying, "The biggest misconception ... is when I hear anybody say that these pageant moms are putting their children out there for sexual entertainment for the predators out there. If someone ever said that to my face, oh my gosh, I would put them in their place ... "

You go, Joey Lynn! Because you are 100 percent correct. About this, anyway.

Pedophiles aren't going to commit a crime because a little girl is dressed inappropriately in front of him. Potential sex offenders don't suddenly offend because a stage mom used horrible judgment and cakes makeup on her toddler. Should you dress up your toddler and teach her that looking like an aging prostitute is a fantastic way to get attention? Hell, no. But does that mean that she is suddenly going to be the target of a sick person who abuses children? That would be a no, as well.

Pedophiles are messed up people who target children. Any children, not just those who have horrible and inappropriate parents. It's like saying rape victims who dress in short skirts are asking for it. Sick people attack, and there's nothing you can or cannot wear to control the actions of a nasty, aggressive individual.

Are you screwing with a child's self-esteem by pinning rewards to their physical -- and false -- appearance? Yes! Is putting your toddler in a sexually suggestive show girl outfit wildly inappropriate? Absolutely. But making the leap to attracting pedophiles is not accurate, and winds up making excuses for pedophiles.

What do you think about Joey Lynn's defense of the kiddie pageants?


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Jonbenet Ramsey anyone??

SicTr... SicTransitGlori

I totally agree with this article. Well done!

Melanie Little

You put such a nice double spin on it. Bravo~

meatb... meatball77

Great article.  My daughter dances and it irritates me when people say that sexy dances are bad because of pedophiles.  They're bad because of the message that we're sending our daughters.  Pedophiles could be turned on by anything.

L25 L25

Its not that you're making people be pedophiles, it's that you're making your precious little girls look like mini-prostitutes that sick pedophiles can look at. I know that isn't the intention, but when you do everything to make a sweet little girl look like a mini adult hooters waitress, you're not only sending all the wrong messages but you can bet there are pedophiles enjoying watching your kids, not to say they aren't watching other fully clothed kids with no makeup as well but I can only imagine how many watch this show. Let your kids be kids, they're naturally adorable and sweet, you don't need to screw them up with your own insecurities.

zooey... zooeysmom

I can pretty much guarantee that pedophiles watch that show. Its sad, but so is sexualizing your five year old daughter.

Luvmy... Luvmyfam7

I agree with zooeysmom

EgoSu... EgoSumLamia

Those moms need a good dose of reality, living vicariously through your child isn't healthy and some of those little angels are scary when all made up.

Thumbs up to zooeysmom

zooey... zooeysmom

I definitely agree with Egosumlamia. Thats exactly what most of those mothers are doing. 

GlowW... GlowWorm889

You're right, that a pedophile will go after a child regardless of clothing. However, putting children in suggestive clothing and encouraging the world to accept it is only going to strengthen the idea that seeing a child as a sexual being is okay. A pedophile will take that and run with it. A child is not a sexual being. They should not dress like them. I hate walking into children's clothing stores and seeing halter tops and bikinis for babies. In fact, I'd buy boy's clothes before putting my daughter in something like that. At least boy's clothes cover everything. We teach our children about good touch/bad touch. But when we ask them to flaunt all the "bad touch" places as things to be proud of, how much of a mixed signal does that send? What kind of a mixed signal do these pageants send, in which Mommy dresses her little girl up like a hooker, and then tells her it's not sexual? It is sexual, it's supposed to be pleasing to the eye. Not cute, but sexual. It's wrong.

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