Has the uproar over the woman who gave her eight year old daughter Botox injections died down? Everyone wanted to know, "How could she?"
Personally, I always thought it was pretty darn outrageous that beauty contests for little girls are happening in the first place, but people push their daughters into them, slap make-up on perfect little faces, and all but make it the family buisness to make the circuit of pageants. Then there must be corporate or private sponsors and audiences for these events. I understand there was even a "reality" tv show about it. How could anyone?
I was disgusted by the story but, sadly, not surprised. In another time and place, that woman would have broken her child's foot bones and bound her feet so she would never walk normally as an adult. Or she could have been the woman who mutilated her daughters' genitalia just so sex would always be a painful ordeal. Foot binding, circumcision, other forms of painfully modifying the bodies children were born with--these are "cultural" practices, tolerated for far too long. Not just tolerated, but encouraged by the involved societies for some social purpose.
So, what does this Botox incident say about our society and cultural ideals?
Honestly, sometimes don't you just want to shout, "Wake up, world!!"