These photographs of child beauty pageant participants, taken by Susan Anderson and published in her book High Glitz, illustrate how much of feminine sexual allure is put on and performed.  These kids are adultified with make-up and they also often wear false teeth and hair extensions.

Now, some say that anyone who is uncomfortable with Little Miss Perfect is ethically obliged to be just as uncomfortable with femininity in general. I disagree on that. They are not playing with femininity, they are playing with sexuality by using a whole range of beauty products women usually use in order to be more sexually attractive, not (only) feminine. It’s the same arsenal transvestites use in order to resemble a sexual active woman, not a fair chaste lady.

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