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Sexed-up images in media hurt young girls: study
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Posted on 02/20/2007 7:58:23 AM PST by SmoothTalker

"WASHINGTON (AFP) - Inescapable media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents can cause psychological and even physical harm to adolescents and young women, a study in the US has warned.

The pressure of what experts call "sexualization" can lead to depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance, said the report, released Sunday by the American Psychological Association.

"Sexualization of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls," it concluded.

"Adult women dressed as school girls in music videos, bikini-clad dolls in hot tubs, and sexually-charged advertisements featuring teenagers were among the many examples cited.

"Sunday's study said sexualization occurs when "a person's value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior," when sexuality is inappropriately imposed, or when a person is sexually "objectified."

Looking at popular music videos, the authors quoted songs by the Pussycat Dolls, Kid Rock, and 50 Cent, emphasizing lyrics that they suggested sexually objectified women.

The report said that "sexualization of women is particularly prominent in advertising," and singled out beer commercials as a major offender.

Also cited was a Skechers shoe ad that features pop singer Christina Aguilera dressed as a school girl in pigtails, with her shirt unbuttoned while licking a lollipop.

The popular Bratz dolls, the study noted, depict "girls marketed in bikinis, sitting in a hot tub, mixing drinks, and standing around, while the 'Boyz' play guitar and stand with their surf boards," it said. The dolls come dressed in miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas.

The report called on parents to take a more active roll in helping to shape the sexual self-image of their children, and to exert consumer pressure on manufacturers and advertisers."

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(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturalentropy
Forgive me if this was posted but searching on here turned nothing up.
1 posted on 02/20/2007 7:58:24 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: SmoothTalker
Sexed-up images in media hurt young girls: study


2 posted on 02/20/2007 8:01:57 AM PST by jdm
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To: SmoothTalker

The media and Hollyweird make me sick. Young girls heed this warning. If you follow in the footsteps of bimbos you will follow them into the grave.


3 posted on 02/20/2007 8:02:14 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: SmoothTalker
Inescapable media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents can cause psychological and even physical harm

Not nearly as harming as this image.


4 posted on 02/20/2007 8:02:31 AM PST by Always Right
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To: SmoothTalker

Right. It's the irresponsible newsentertentainment media which is responsible for this. They want girls to be promiscuous. They want marriage to go away (except for their most vocal constituency)


5 posted on 02/20/2007 8:04:46 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (left is daft)
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To: SmoothTalker
The cool sexy look for 2007!


6 posted on 02/20/2007 8:05:17 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: jdm

But can't we just have them vaccinated with Gardasil and make it all better?


7 posted on 02/20/2007 8:05:37 AM PST by trimom
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To: SmoothTalker
parents to take a more active roll in helping to shape the sexual self-image of their children

You mean those parents with the breast implants, wearing shirts with "Baby Doll" on the front and pants with "Juicy" on the butt? They ARE helping to shape the sexual self-image of their children.

Where does he think the money is coming from, anyway?

8 posted on 02/20/2007 8:06:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every "choice" has a direct object.)
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To: SmoothTalker

duh.
but its starting to get better. i got excited this weekend, as my wife and i were at old navy and we actually found a whole line of MODEST bathing suits. full t-shirt style top with full cut bathing suit bottoms.


9 posted on 02/20/2007 8:07:18 AM PST by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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To: SmoothTalker

Oh really? I thought females embracing their sexuality was all part of their "empowerment" and freedom from the "Evil Phallo-Centric Patriarchy."


10 posted on 02/20/2007 8:07:47 AM PST by Quick or Dead
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To: Tax-chick
The popular Bratz dolls, the study noted, depict "girls marketed in bikinis, sitting in a hot tub, mixing drinks, and standing around, while the 'Boyz' play guitar and stand with their surf boards," it said. The dolls come dressed in miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas.

Have you seen these? They all look like hookers.
Mrs. CD and I simply REFUSE to allow our daughter to have them.

11 posted on 02/20/2007 8:08:06 AM PST by Constitution Day (Off with their heads, jump from the hook, you're not obliged to swallow anything you despise)
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To: Always Right

The pressure of trying to live up to these idealized almost unreachable levels of beauty puts too much pressure on young ladies.

12 posted on 02/20/2007 8:10:34 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: TexasCajun

I wonder how many broads shaved their heads because of her. I call them broads because, well, if they want to do something like THAT, then they have no self-opinion.


13 posted on 02/20/2007 8:11:58 AM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: Constitution Day

I've seen them in the stores. We don't have any, or anything with "Bratz" on it. But obviously lots of adults are buying these for their children, just like they're buying the skimpy clothes with lewd messages.


14 posted on 02/20/2007 8:13:03 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every "choice" has a direct object.)
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To: SmoothTalker

And all the pro-homo stuff messes with their heads as well. Oh but no one will admit that while tolerating perversity in every public way, we are corrupting the minds of our own children. So spread that guilt net much wider.


15 posted on 02/20/2007 8:16:49 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Tax-chick

Don't get me wrong, I am not making my daughter wear bonnets and ankle-length dresses.

However, even the way some of her friends dress (in the FIRST GRADE!) seems a bit much to me.


16 posted on 02/20/2007 8:20:18 AM PST by Constitution Day (Off with their heads, jump from the hook, you're not obliged to swallow anything you despise)
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To: Constitution Day
I am not making my daughter wear bonnets and ankle-length dresses.

LOL! I would, but my mother would drive me crazy over it. (The girls had better hope OldTax-lady lasts until they leave home :-).

But seriously, I agree with you 100%. Elementary-school girls are walking around (in this weather, too!) in what looks like street-walker outfits.

My husband bought our girls some shorts at Target last spring, and didn't realize until they put them on that they showed *everything*. We'll have to try on every single piece of clothing in advance this year. I don't know where we'll find ordinary shorts for the girls; the ones I get at J.C. Penney don't come in children's sizes.

17 posted on 02/20/2007 8:24:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every "choice" has a direct object.)
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To: SmoothTalker

Forgive me if this was posted but searching on here turned nothing up.

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Thank you for posting it, whether or not it had been posted already. (First time I have seen it, but I don't have the time to monitor FR 24/7.) Actually, I wish this was posted at least once a day. Parents really need to stand up and do something about this epidemic.


18 posted on 02/20/2007 8:24:42 AM PST by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: jdm

*snort* My VERY first thought!!


19 posted on 02/20/2007 8:25:07 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: absolootezer0

...we actually found a whole line of MODEST bathing suits. full t-shirt style top with full cut bathing suit bottoms.

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I hope that you took the time to let management know that you were pleased with this development.


20 posted on 02/20/2007 8:26:32 AM PST by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: Constitution Day

My hairdresser said she got one for her 1st grade daughter and was surprised that the doll was wearing a thong. Duh!


21 posted on 02/20/2007 8:27:47 AM PST by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: Tax-chick
I don't know where we'll find ordinary shorts for the girls; the ones I get at J.C. Penney don't come in children's sizes.

They might be a tad more expensive, but check out Lands End. I bought clothes for our daughter there, when she was younger. When she got older, I added Eddie Bauer to the mix. Nice clothes; cute AND modest!

22 posted on 02/20/2007 8:28:34 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: SmoothTalker

Hollywood is about promoting access of kids to adults, whether straight or queer access, makes no difference to the deviants in the marketing department of Hollywood.


23 posted on 02/20/2007 8:34:39 AM PST by Neoliberalnot
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To: SuziQ

Might work ... they're not growing particularly fast at this age. But they're very hard on clothes!


24 posted on 02/20/2007 8:39:40 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every "choice" has a direct object.)
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To: Long Island Pete

Well, maybe someone should tell the parents instead of the girls. It's the parents who buy the clothing from day one isn't it? If ALL parents just said no ... the manufacturers wouldn't be able to sell squat!


25 posted on 02/20/2007 8:39:53 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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To: Constitution Day

It IS a bit much and...it's the parents who buy the clothing. From day one tell the kids what kind of clothing is acceptable and that's the way it is. Kids can dress fashionable and be modest. Maybe parents should take up sewing and MAKE their kids clothes. Why in the world would you want to put your hard earned money into someone else's pocket who are just exploiting children anyway???? It's ludicrous and yet the solution is soooooooo simple. Don't buy it.


26 posted on 02/20/2007 8:42:54 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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To: SmoothTalker

Oh course. But.... what are the ages for girls in contratual marriages going on in Islamic countries.

I think I just saw a repor of a 4 year old being given over!!!

Will the MSM argue that the "images" do hurt but the actual practice of fourcing adolescents into marriage with old men does not hurt?


27 posted on 02/20/2007 8:42:57 AM PST by rod1
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To: cubreporter
Believe me, she knows what is acceptable around our house.

In a side note, we carefully monitor the TV shows she watches and she knows what's acceptable there, too.
If even a commercial comes on that doesn't look quite right to her, she will cover her eyes and yell... "Dad! There's something on that's not appropriate!"

She is such a good girl.

28 posted on 02/20/2007 8:48:18 AM PST by Constitution Day (Off with their heads, jump from the hook, you're not obliged to swallow anything you despise)
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To: cubreporter

And there in lies the problem. Some parents dont have the word no in their vocabulary. They would rather be seen as being a freind instead of a parent. But a parent not being able to say no doesnt give the right right to anyone to exploit.


29 posted on 02/20/2007 8:50:14 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Tax-chick

You left out the trainer bras with push-up pads in them. And thong underwear for prepubescent girls.


30 posted on 02/20/2007 8:53:57 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Long Island Pete

Well, as long as they don't say "NO" it will continue. How can it not????


31 posted on 02/20/2007 9:03:59 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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To: Constitution Day

That's great.


32 posted on 02/20/2007 9:04:39 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thanks, Rush!)
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To: Bigg Red
I hope that you took the time to let management know that you were pleased with this development.

yes, i made sure to tell him how happy i was that they were carrying them, and that i would tell everyone i thought would be interested that they are carrying them.
33 posted on 02/20/2007 9:08:17 AM PST by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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I try to not even look at that stuff!


34 posted on 02/20/2007 9:23:34 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every "choice" has a direct object.)
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To: absolootezer0
but its starting to get better. i got excited this weekend, as my wife and i were at old navy and we actually found a whole line of MODEST bathing suits. full t-shirt style top with full cut bathing suit bottoms.

And that's just for the boys...wait'll you see the girls' swimsuits! ;-)

35 posted on 02/20/2007 9:44:02 AM PST by Lou L
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And that's just for the boys...wait'll you see the girls' swimsuits! ;-)

well... i HOPE these are girls' suits. they'd look kinda funny on boys :)

36 posted on 02/20/2007 10:06:55 AM PST by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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To: Tax-chick

Lands End clothes are very well made. After our daughter had grown out of hers, I always handed them down to friends.


37 posted on 02/20/2007 10:13:31 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: absolootezer0

yes, i made sure to tell him how happy i was that they were carrying them, and that i would tell everyone i thought would be interested that they are carrying them.

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Good for you. They need to hear from us.


38 posted on 02/20/2007 1:05:07 PM PST by Bigg Red (You are either with us or with the terrorists.)
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To: SmoothTalker

Thought I'd post this link.
http://www.everydaymommy.net/everyday-mommy/2006/9/5/moms-for-modesty.html


39 posted on 02/20/2007 6:10:18 PM PST by RoseyT
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To: SmoothTalker

Follow up article, in the SF Chronicle, no less:

Message and the Media
Our girls deserve better
Eileen Zurbriggen

One of the most disturbing scenes in the film "Little Miss Sunshine" was the beauty pageant, where little girls made up to look sexy strutted down the runway with swaying hips and pouting expressions. The protagonist, 7-year-old Olive, was painfully out of place, with her round belly and awkward moves, because she looked and acted like a little girl -- despite her grandfather's racy choreography. Movie viewers, like Olive's family, were disturbed by the way the pageant sexualized young girls, and we were happy to leave it behind and head back home.

In the real world, however, the sexualization of girls isn't confined to beauty pageants. Signs of it are everywhere: On a t-shirt for a 6-year-old girl that proclaims her a "Little Hottie;" on dolls that sport fishnet stockings, bare midriffs and platform shoes; and in a music video that shows busty women performing sexy dances while dressed in Brownie uniforms.

These examples of products and media images that sexualize girls and girlhood are part of a widespread phenomenon that has led to concern on the part of parents and child advocacy organizations. In response to these concerns, the American Psychological Association has formed a committee to evaluate and summarize all available research pertaining to the sexualization of girls. The research results, released last week, are sobering.

(excerpt. more at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/02/26/EDGC7N72QC1.DTL )


40 posted on 02/26/2007 12:12:01 PM PST by voltaires_zit
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