~ Toddlers & Tiaras: Porn For Pedophiles? ~

January 18, 2010 • Pondering Life • Views: 3755

TLC (The Learning Channel) Kicks Off Another Season of Their Disturbing Series.


TLC has had stellar programming over the years; however, I have no idea what anyone can learn from “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Perhaps, that stage mothers are alive and well or that some forms of child abuse are legal.

Little girls are subjected to wearing spray on tans, false eyelashes, fake teeth, fake nails, and fake hair; one mother had her seven-year-old daughter shaving her legs to take the fake tan better. These babies are coached on how to “Shake that bootie,” and “Work it,” while prancing on stage. They are made up to look like sexy adult women in little tiny bodies. They are often scantily clad – yet, sadly, their exploits don’t meet the requirements to be considered Child Pornography. (Their conduct does not meet the definition of “Sexually Explicit Conduct.”)

Under federal law (18 U.S.C. §2256), child pornography1 is defined as any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where
_. the production of the visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or_
_. the visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or_
_. the visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

During many of the clips the children are screeching and crying, mothers are prodding and scolding, and I shudder to think about what child molesters are getting up to in the dark at home.

photo3Pedophiles see children as sexual objects. They act under the cognitive distortions that children want to engage in sexual acts with adults. Pedophiles rarely take responsibility for their actions. They either grab hold of the idea that they are “not in control of their illness” or they go to common justifications for their actions. They claim they are helping the children by teaching them, that they love the children and the children enjoy the attention. One of the more popular justifications is that the child was sexually provocative and seduced them. Given this fact, it is reprehensible that parents dress their children provocatively and parade them on stage, instructing them to smile (with their fake grown-up teeth) and act like they are having the time of their lives.

“Child pornography typically depicts children smiling or with neutral expressions. Rarely, are any signs of discomfort illustrated. As such, these images serve to reinforce pro-offending, thinking, and justify adult’s sexual interest in children. Therefore, the more individuals engage in fantasy, the more motivating and more detailed the rehearsal may become, and the more able the individuals are to convince themselves to act out the behavior in real life.” ~ D.R. Laws, Remaking Relapse Prevention with Sex Offenders: A Sourcebook

It is my opinion that “Toddlers & Tiaras” encourages pedophiles to further view young children as equals and sexually desirable. Whether intended or not, teaching a child to bump and grind, on stage, while dressed provocatively, is putting children everywhere at risk. I believe this program qualifies as the sexual exploitation of children.

The bottom line: I will not be tuning in to Toddlers & Tiaras but I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys do:


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64 Responses to ~ Toddlers & Tiaras: Porn For Pedophiles? ~

  1. Testure says:

    Anyone who tries to say that this is anything but legalized child pornography is in denial. I just came across this show while changing channels and can’t believe it is real.

  2. heike kershaw says:

    Are these mothers insane?? They don’t deserve kids! Mr. President, why don’t you say NO? This is child abuse!

  3. Old_Warhorse says:

    I’m not a prude, not a Christian fundamentalist (not even a Christian, actually) and I’m definitely not one to endorse censorship, but I really wish that TLC had the common sense, and common decency, to cancel “Toddlers & Tiaras”. No, it is not specifically child porn, but pedophiles get off while looking at pictures in catalogs of children’s wear and I would be willing to bet money that most pedophiles who are into young girls record and rewatch every episode of “Toddlers & Tiaras”. To the parents of child pageant entrants, is this what you want for your daughter: to be the sex object of pedophiles? If so, I have to question why you had children in the first place. If your life is so pathetically devoid of self-esteem and your own self-image is so low that you have to live through the exploits of your child up on a pageant stage, you need some serious psychological help.

  4. Erin says:

    I agree, this show needs to be put to an end. Not only is it a form of child abuse, it sends a message out to mothers and children everywhere that it is okay for children to dress and behave this way. Not only that, it teaches children from an extremely young and vulnerable age that they are not and will not be pretty unless they alter themselves cosmetically. I cannot imagine any child developing under such conditions growing up to have a healthy self esteem.

  5. Michelle says:

    I know where the show idea has come from and it did originate from child porn. This is why I am filing a lawsuit that is currently in the Seattle, Washington court house upon the networks like Discovery Channel. Currently, me and my sister family with her children has been featured on child porn websites and have been in child porn since children. However, the parties that I have named in the close to 500 page lawsuit has kept this information away from us and made the it into secret public entertainment. Therefore, the networks promote this through the disguise of these reality shows to those in the know about the secret entertainment that is driving the economy. Child porn has and continue to be the secret entertainment and my nieces and nephews are suffering from this horrendous act that half of the world is trying to keep a secret to obtain ill gotten income. TLC only helps in the promotion and acceptance of the child porn that has become a secret fixture in our society. For this reason I have sought through the lawsuit to have porn banned if it can not and will not find a means to protection of victims of porn.

  6. Linda says:

    I agree with all of you. I emailed Discovery channel yesterday and told them that this show was disgusting. Dressing innocent babies like hookers and parading them in front of who knows how many thousands of child molesters and perverts, is unacceptable. Everyone should email Discovery channel over and over again until they finally get this garbage off the air. All of these childrens mothers should be charged with child abuse… I would love to see this show cancelled and taken off the air ASAP

  7. Martha says:

    I wonder just how many mothers are living out their fantasies through their baby. Yes, this is chile abuse at its worst, and Hollywood is condoning it!

  8. lance says:

    these moms are absolutely pigs, they abviously have no life,they should have their children taken away,they must be married to child molesters, i sure feel sorry for those kids as far as the moms go their lives will be hell when thetr child is hurt or somthing from some pig molestor.burn in hell moms

  9. Viv says:

    Her mother should be slapped in the face by everyone in the world! Stupid toddlers and tiaras! W-T-F?!

  10. Grace says:

    I didn’t even know about this show until I saw a magazine cover splashed with an image and headline about it. I just checked out the website and watched a few of the clips because I didn’t believe a show like this was possible.

    I’m so sick now that I want to cry. What is wrong with these women??? I agree with all of those who are crying out that this is abuse. Those children’s innocence and purity is being stolen from them and only the intervention of a loving person and maybe some counselling will help them be normal once they’re older.

    If a toddler is told she needs makeup and hairpieces and a spray tan to be beautiful, how will she ever feel naturally beautiful as a teen or grown woman? These mothers are selfish and depraved. They are treating their daughters like dolls — worse than they would ever treat a pet, I’m sure — instead of like humans. How will any of those girls learn about inner beauty and character and integrity?

    Siiiiiiiiigh. I haven’t felt this sad in a long time. 🙁

  11. C.Wiens says:

    We need to band together and boycott the stations that are airing this. Is it porn for pedophiles?? Absolutely! Not to mention child exploitation/abuse. Shame on the parents of these children!! DISGUSTING!!

  12. Grizz says:

    BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT….these parents are sick, every pedophile in North America probably watches this show. Makes me sick to think that anyone could put a child out there like that. As a mother I couldn’t imagine thinking that some pervert is out there getting off watching my 5 year old. SICK SICK SICK.

  13. Donna King says:

    I cannot beleive that this show is still running on TLC. These are little children,,,some not much more than babies… being exploited by their ignorant mothers and all the other men & women responsible for programming on these networks. What is worse, no one seems able to stop it although thousands of viewers are obviously disgusted by it. Will Americans stop at nothing to get their fifteen minutes of fame?

  14. Anonymous says:

    My opinion and a few calculations on our heads….
    75% parents in USA, abuse child thanks to this show! SHAME!!!

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