Too sexy too fast Kids these days seem to be growing up faster than ever. The topic is such a worry that the American Psychological Association APA developed a task force to report on the sexualization of girls. The video focuses on the thoughts and reactions of images the middle school girls see in the media.
Fighting oversexualization Editor's note: Because this is a story that deals with a sensitive subject, we have gone to great lengths to not include offensive material.
Conversely, to fully show the breadth of the issue, the story includes mature subject matter. On a late summer afternoon, a teenage "novelty" shop employee stands atop a ladder in super-short shorts, midriff showing, arranging merchandise. It's not clear if she knows how very much of her is on display.
But the teenage boys ogling her do. She's just feet from a rack of T-shirts emblazoned with stick figures interacting provocatively. Further into the store, Super Mario backpacks share an aisle with a "how-to guide" showing a sex act on the cover.
Families brush by mannequins in thongs and panties as they step into a lingerie store. In this mall, they will pass scores of massive photos featuring couples in various stages of dress and undress looking soulfully at each other.
One ad campaign, taped to a storefront window, shows a teenage male model — the caption: At home later, the children will likely watch TV. Little ones, 2 to 11, average 32 hours a week. Those 12 to 17 average 23 hours, says a University of Michigan Health System study. During those hours, they'll drink in ads for hair products and teen-siren TV shows, makeup and technology, much of it couched as "hot" or "sexy.
From an early age, children are inundated with sexual images every single day. Experts say they will pay a heavy price. Children and teens are becoming "sexualized" and researchers and psychologists say it hits girls particularly hard, shaping their view of themselves and their potential, as well as how others view them.
The effect on young girls and adolescents is most profound, the American Psychological Association APA says, because "their sense of self is still being formed.
Sexuality evolves in children as they develop a healthy curiosity and growing understanding of their bodies. Sexualization occurs when someone's sense of their own value is based solely on sex appeal or that individual is held to narrow standards of attractiveness, says the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, which issued reports in and It happens when a person is "sexually objectified" — made into a "thing" for others' sexual use.
Ads, movies and TV shows do that sometimes by showing women as body parts, not whole people. It also refers to someone who has had sexuality imposed on them, like little girls depicted as older and more worldly.
Sexualization, experts say, devalues accomplishment, intelligence and character. Pope John Paul II once said "the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of a person, but that it shows far too little. Sexualization has been going on for decades, largely unnoticed, the elevator music of American life.
They rely on media as a way to learn about their world. What they see is what they assume is normal. That's what they see. They discover relationships with members of the opposite sex at younger ages.
Music has content that pushes the envelope. With a combination of a lot of factors, children at 10 or 11 now think the way someone two generations ago reached at 19 or so. It's an issue both simple and complex.
They look outside themselves for validation," said a study by the Women's Foundation of California on pop culture impact on girls and young women.
It affects, they said, "identity, behavior and opportunity. The complexity is all the ways sexualization hinders development, from failure to form healthy self image to the normalization of sexually degrading behavior, the report said, adding that "media teaches girls and young women the MOST important thing is how we look.
Not living up to the unrealistic image impacts mental health. But the so-sexy message is pervasive.Prompted by findings from the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (APA ), the present study considers girls’ clothing as a possible socializing influence that may contribute to the development of self-objectification in preteen girls.
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In the context of public debates about the ‘sexualization’ of ‘tween’ (preteen) girls and their use of social network sites (SNSs), this study explores girls’ online practices, experiences and reflections of their engagement with Facebook.
The type of store was linked to the degree of sexualization, with 'tween' (or pre-teen) stores more likely to have sexualized clothing compared to children's stores.