The sexualization of girls

Report of The American Psychological Association Task Force of the Sexualization of Girls

Today I was reading a very interesting article published by catholic.org based on the 67 page report issues by The American Psychological Association about the dangers of sexualizing girls.

The report stated that Products such as Bratz dolls in mini skirts, Teen magazines and celebrities like Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears are teaching girls that they must look sexy in order to be popular. The article addressed how parents, teachers and peers also contribute to this sexualization.

An article written by Judith Warner published on Postbelletin.com offers the opinion that it is Moms , not the media who are sexualizing their girls. Judith states, “How can we expect our daughters to navigate the cultural rapids of becoming sexual beings when we ourselves are flying blind?”

While I agree with some of what Judith says in her article, I feel media plays a bigger part in sexualizing not just young girls, but women in general.

No wonder young teens are wanting breast implants and women feel that they have to be smaller than a size five to look good. It is magazines, music videos and TV shows that lead us to believe that thin is beautiful and sexy.

In 2002, a national clothing company was selling children’s thongs in sizes from 10 to 16 with the words “eye candy” and “wink wink” on the front of them. Designing thongs for kids is wrong!

In 2006, Tesco was forced to remove a pole-dancing kit from the toys and games section of it’s website. The site advertised the pole dancing kit with the words “Unleash the sex kitten inside……”Soon you’ll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars”.

Is it just me or are young girls being sexualise everywhere they look?

Read the full Report of The American Psychological Association Task Force of the Sexualization of Girls.

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