Whilst in theory, baby and child beauty pageants are cute and harmless, some parents believing it to be a fun way of creating pleasant memories and bringing themselves closer to their children. In reality, I believe it to be more of a thoughtless vicariousness. Although the child may be having fun and enjoying the attention, their basis to judge from is more likely skewed then not.
Child pageantry in and of itself is not wrong or particularly evil, any more than junk food. It is the extreme in which an individual goes, making the difference in dress-up or good diet.
In my opinion, programs highlighting these pageants for any reason other than to bring their demonstrability to the attention of the public should not be viewed. I also would recommend all parents read “Conversations With a Pedophile: In the Interest of our Children” by Amy Hammel-Zabin, an extraordinary book providing insight into the mind of a pedophile. http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Pedophile-Interest-our-Children/dp/1569802475 However, I would not advocate disallowing pageants or there broadcast. Doing so would venture onto grounds of policing ones intent, “hate crimes” law comes to mind. A more appropriate method would be a general public disapproval and ridicule of the extreme, as is being done here.
In closing, I must take exception to my understanding Goodwill’s analysis in the comments area. He seems to believe that Ayn Rand and the philosophy of Objectivism provide some excuse or reason for being a pedophile. This could not be further from the truth and demonstrates and profound lack of understanding in regards to Self Interest (selfishness), Objectivism and Values. A parents exploitation of their child, as discussed here, is destructive and by definition not objectively in their self interest. Lindsey Lovehands, off the cuff, commentary is immensely more accurate and shows a more thoughtful scrutiny.