Grimm reality of pushy parents turning children's fairytales into horror stories
Once upon a time, grown-ups grew out of fairytales. These days, however, arrested development is the height of fashion. It is especially prevalent among apologists for children's beauty pageants, those creepy show-trials in which very young girls are tarted-up like trashy drag queens for the amusement of adults who should know better.
"Every girl dreams of being a princess for a day," is the standard line of defence.
Tellingly, it is not the little darlings themselves who spout this royal nonsense, but their mothers. Whether the role model is Cinderella, Rapunzel or Pocahontas, the "princess-for-a-day" malarkey is also deployed by tiara-besotted mums to justify immersing their daughters in the ludicrous pomp now associated with everything from First Holy Communions to Irish dancing competitions.