Sparty. Spa-party. As an adult I could hardly imagine sparing 2 hours of my time with a group of women at a party where the focus of the event is manicures, massages, facials and whatever it is that women do at beauty salons. I could hardly digest the idea of being at a women-only party for the sake of it in the first place, but that's a topic for another day.
I don't see the point in a sparty. And I definitely don't see the point in a children's sparty. As a matter of fact, it makes me furious.
What could a "sparty" possibly teach a child at an age where every little thing around them, forms their values, educates them and builds their personality? This is what it would teach them:
- Physical beauty is very important, and it has to be according to society's standards
- No matter how natural your body is, it is never beautiful enough. You have to always get treated at a beauty salon, use products and conform to the acceptable social beauty standards in order to be beautiful
- Pink = feminine
Imagine having THAT as an experience when you're as young as 3 years old (check out referenced article here). With that experience, along with all the sexist, stereotyping media messages that all children are exposed to, and all the verbal messages from parents and society.. what kind of progress do corporations claim to be practicing in terms of gender equality and empowering women..?
Such activities matter. While a sparty might look innocent and fun, and seem like a good chance for parents to keep their children busy (if they could afford it, that is), "fun" for a few hours could result in damage for years and years.