[quote="Cat, post:12, topic:223505"]
I don't understand why you equate "makeup" with "sexuality."
Yes, of course there are times when women will wear a certain kind/style of makeup for the purpose of being sexy (in my case, around my husband).
But most women wear makeup to hide** our flaws** (in my case, rosacea skin that is red and raw), and emphasize our strengths (in my case, good cheekbones). In the United States, it is generally expected that professional women (those who work outside the home) will wear a certain amount of makeup so that they will look "finished." It is NOT appropriate for professional women to look "sexy" on the job.
I think from what I highlighted I am sure you can see the flaw in your reasoning. Teaching a toddler that she should hide her flaws and emphasize her strengths? For whom? For what purpose? What does it teach? I don't live under a rock, and I know that we wear certain things, do certain things in order to appear a certain way. But teaching that to a 5 year old? Teaching her that her skin is perhaps, a little too pale, and that her cheekbones need to be emphasized? Really?
Furthermore I don't believe the make up argument is really a good one. To say that a women is finished without make up is really bizarre. I'm not a women, no, but I understand the make up thing. But to say that it completes your look is just bizarre, leave that kind of thinking to adulthood rather than 6 year olds.
I can remember when my brother and I were little children-we both loved to play with my mother's old makeup. It had nothing to do with being "sexualized." To us, it was "dressing up," and no different than putting on a Halloween costume. I think that's what this is like for the majority of little girls (and boys) involved in child pageantry.
It has everything to do with being sexualized.
Otherwise, one would just dress their child in their favourite clothes, put on no make-up, act natural instead of being told to 'flirt' with the judges and 'act sexy' and walk on stage saying "who is the cutest child". Instead, we have the opposite, and it looks like, to me, training ground for future 'pageants' which are just opportunities for girls to show off and men to stare.
Like I've been saying all along, some parents allow the pageantry life to become unbalanced, but that's a parenting problem, not a pageantry problem. I know parents who allow CHURCH and the Christian life to become unbalanced--does that mean that the Church is child abuse? Of course not.
IMO, a parenting problem is the pageantry itself.
And I don't know what you mean about the Church and Christian life. One can never have too much God, can they?