This gets me, too. What 3 year old really even knows what a pageant IS unless they are told?? And, okay, if they were just little girls in their Garanimals and pigtails doing cartwheels on stage...I still wouldn't like the judging part, but THAT is a little girl pageant. The way the sexualize these children is so disturbing. The clothes, the dancing...WHAT can these parents be thinking to make that okay in their minds? I won't let my 11 year old wear those short with words on the butts (not that she's asked)--I never get why parents allow that either...who wants perverts looking at their daughter's butts (more than they might already)??? But these parents are essentially doing the same thing to their toddlers! AArghh!