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Little Women: LA
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Women: LA features a female cast of little people as they navigate relationships, careers, and motherhood. The show includes lots of catty arguing, as well as some sexual innuendo and lewd behavior, salty vocabulary, and lots of drinking. The show also includes some positive messages about being comfortable with who you are, as well as some discussions about the little people community.
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What's the story?
LITTLE WOMEN: LA is a reality series that features six women, all of whom were born with dwarfism, as they live their lives in Los Angeles. It stars Terra Jole, the self-proclaimed leader of the gang, her friend Tonya Banks, and the rather raucous Christy McGinity. Joining the group is recently divorced Briana Manson, the conservative Traci Harrison, and Elena Grant, a Russian-born Lady Gaga impersonator who's trying find her place in the group. Life as a little person poses some challenges, especially when it comes to being taken seriously as an individual and professional. But ultimately, these women show that they can do almost anything an average person can do.
Is it any good?
Little Women: LA highlights some of the day-to-day challenges that the tight-knit little people community deals with, including coping with stereotypes that come from a history of being featured in sideshows at carnivals and circuses. It also shows some of the challenges that come with navigating a world that is created for average-size people. But the women also discuss how they empower themselves by being proud and unapologetic about their dwarfism.
There are some positive themes here, but they are often overshadowed by the catty interactions among cast members, most of which are a result of their jealous, competitive behavior in their personal and professional lives. The endless discussions about men and relationships gets a little tiresome, too. Some folks may find it interesting or entertaining, but ultimately it's an unscripted series that offers traditional reality fare.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why these women agreed to appear on a reality show. Did they do it to show how they live like average-size people? To bring attention to the little people community?
The women featured here argue that they're like everybody else except for their size. Would they be starring in their own series if they were like the average-size person? Does their appearance on this show undermine the message they say they're trying to send?
What exactly is dwarfism? Why are some people born with it, even if their parents are average-size? Why are terms such as "midget" not used anymore to describe little people?