This Week On Toddlers & Tiaras & Therapy: 3-Year-Old Says ‘I’m Sexy And I Know It’

I always assume psychology students watch Toddlers & Tiaras with visions of dancing dollars signs in their head. The show’s a rare sociological opportunity to see future teen moms before they’re even out of their own diapers. This week’s episode’s no exception when it comes destroying the self-esteem and general well-being of toddlers and for that, I can only say “Bravo TLC! Job well done!”

Meet Emma. She’s three. She like drinking juice boxes, going to the playground and learning her ABCs.

Just kidding.

Emma’s a dancer. In 15 or so years, she’s what some might call an exotic dancer. But for now, considering that she’s 3-years-old, let’s just call her a dancer. What makes Emma’s dancing so unique on the toddler circuit is that she’s sexy and she knows it. Her words, not mine. (You can see the video right here.) Yes, right before this child launches into a sexy shimmy and split, she spits out “I’m sexy and I know it!”

Before you start saying I’m sexualizing her shimmy n’ split, please remember that she did that all on her own by saying “I’m sexy and I know it” before doing it. Her parents of course look on lovingly. Because if your child’s going to start basing her entire self-worth on her ability to draw attention to her body, might as well start now. God forbid she shows up to kindergarten body language illiterate.

Ugh, will someone grab the go-go juice? This story’s making my stomach turn and my pretty feet go ugly.

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    • Nancy

      I don’t really watch this anymore, but the worst one I saw, by which I mean the one that made me the saddest for these girls, was the one with pageant coach 31 year old Brandi, who also entered the pageant! She looks like a Barbie, but when she said something about taking her Prozac…it made me very sad. Pretty sick that they put this stuff on tv.

    • Lastango

      Some years ago – in London, England IIRC – a pole-dancing class was offered for little girls. The class was cancelled after negative publicity, but had it gone ahead I expect it would have filled up instantly, with a waiting list.

      How can this happen? Because we have abandoned standards, to the point where we collectively scoff and ridicule when anyone suggests our collective conduct is immoral, unethical, or unwise. Here is something the Roman philosopher Epictitus wrote about the process of going too far:

      “The body is to everyone the proper measure of its possessions, as the foot is of the shoe. If, therefore, you stop at this, you will keep the measure; but if you move beyond it, you must necessarily be carried forward, as down a precipice; as in the case of a shoe, if you go beyond its fitness to the foot, it comes first to be gilded, then purple, then studded with jewels. For to that which once exceeds the fit measure there is no bound.”

      For some time now, it has been fashionable to proclaim that being a sex trade worker is a form of empowerment. The other day, a Grindstone post wondered if trading sex for advancement could be viewed as a feminist act:

      http://thegrindstone.com/office-politics/television-the-shredder/was-joans-sexual-trade-off-on-mad-men-a-feminist-move-698/

      When any thing can be viewed as anything, or be deconstructed and reconstructed at will, we have arrived at everythingism — a featureless desert where our words and thoughts are utterly without meaning. There we have no culture, no compass, and no right to claim surprise when a three-year-old tells us she is sexy and she knows it.

    • TheHappyPappy

      I agree with one of the commenters in the linked video. If Mommy Dearest keeps this up, in 10 years she’ll have a granddaughter to enter in pageants, too. Disgusting and despicable.

      On a side note, this is the second time we’ve seen a T&T contestant singing LMFAO’s hit song. I really wonder what Redfoo and Skyblu’s reaction would be if anyone asked them about it. Whether you like their music or not, it’s obviously intended to be performed and listened to by adults. They seem like decent enough guys, I doubt they’d be stoked about their music being used to sexualize children. But I don’t know! That’s why I wish someone would ask them.

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