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Media and The Sexualization of Young Girls

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´╗┐Robinson Brianna Robinson English 4 Dunfy Media and The Sexualization of Young Girls Introduction Why is it that you walk down the streets now a days and see 13 year olds wearing clothes that could make a seasoned stripper blush? Why do I see 10 year olds wearing more make up than I have ever worn in my 17 years of life? What is causing these little girls to want to be considered ?sexy? , To feel the need to have boyfriends and trade in Barbie dolls for push up bras? Media is bashing the idea of sex and the glamour of it all into everything and it?s talking a major effect. Instead of watching Barney, young girls are looking up to the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. They?re watching movies where the beautiful girls with the makeup and the flirty personalities get the best opportunities, the Attention of all the guys, and the popularity that so many seek. They see the ads telling us how to be beautiful and what the guys want. The change in behavior of young girls these days is becoming more drastic. We?ve gone from girls covering every part of their body in fear of being called ?easy? or ?loose?, to showing up in school with miniskirts and belly shirts. The way the sleazy girl dressed in old movies is similar to how the ?good? girls dress today. The message that girls are receiving these days are more confusing than ever. Although standards have changed, the ever present double standard has remained we?re taught through media a certain way to act and dress, yet still face the horror of being known as a ?whore?. It raises the question what is accepted and what is expected? We live in a culture where major chain stores sale junior panties that read ?who needs credit cards??. Where prime time shows contain elements of under aged sex and sexual violence. ...read more.

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Does this mean we shouldn?t allow a man to pull out our chairs or open doors for us? Does this mean we are not to cook for our men? How do we be powerful and independent when we still love the feeling of being protected? When we still want a chivalrous man? When it actually comes to sex it gets much trickier. One problem with thinking clearly about sexual content in teen media, and the sexualization of young of young girls, is that it often breaks down into a good/bad dichotomy: you?re either for sex or against sex. Being at all critical or analytical of sexual representation in the media instantly seems to imply that you?re in favor of censorship and opposed to sex in general. It appears that you think should be wearing chastity belts and taking pledges of virginity. For those of us who don?t see sex as a bugaboo, that?s a crazy position to be in, but it?s equally noxious to be expected to celebrate ?girls gone wild? as empowering. So what do we do? How do we express ourselves sexually and maintain our independence and be accepted? Is there a winning solution? Many young women and men alike forget about the dangers of sex. It is not smart to run around having sex with anything moving to prove your ?girl power?. Dressing in next to nothing and not worrying about the fact that there are perverts and rapist out there that don?t care about your rights to dress how ever you want. All teenagers, males and females alike, should be encouraged to wait until they are in a serious relationship. They should wait until they are ready. They need to be given the right information on birth control, abortion, condoms and other protection, and STDs so they are mentally prepared. Yet, sex education is increasingly focused on abstinence, with more than a third of districts using an abstinence-only curriculum that permits discussion of contraception. ...read more.

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To understand biological realities, to understand consequences, and to understand how to analyze the media according to these things. “in an ideal culture sexual decisions should be the result of intentional choices” writes the psychologist Mary Pipher. This is a goal to work toward, for all girls, everywhere. This is the recognizing, and renouncing the media. Resources 1. <American Bar Association. Teen dating and violence facts. Washington, DC: ABA, 2006. www.abanet.org/unmet/teen-dating/facts.pdf.> 1. <Cabot, Tracy. How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You. New York: St. Martin's, 1984. Print.> 2. <"COSMO LANDESMAN: I've Tried Five times - so Why DO Women Laugh in My Face ..." Daily Mail. N.p., 4 Jan. 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2012> 3. <Durham, Meenakshi Gigi. The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do about It. Woodstock, NY: Overlook, 2008. Print> 4. <"Solutions Based on 25 Years of Medical Practice." Women to Women â Changing Women's Health â Naturally. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 dec. 2012.> 5. <Tanenbaum, Leora. Slut!: Growing up Female with a Bad Reputation. New York: Seven Stories, 1999. Print.> 6. <Beasley, Maurine Hoffman., Sheila Jean Gibbons, and Maurine Hoffman. Beasley. Taking Their Place: A Documentary History of Women and Journalism. Washington, D.C.: American UP in Cooperation with the Womenʼs Institute for Freedom of the, 1993. Print.> 7. <Braithwaite, Brian. Women's Magazines: The First 300 Years. London: P. Owen, 1995. Print.> 8. < Gilligan, Carol. The Birth of Pleasure. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2002. Print. > 9. < Martin, Katherine. Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Lived Them. Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999. Print. > 10. <American Psychological Association. Report of the task force on the sexualization of girls. Washington DC: APA, 2007. www.apa.org/pi/wpo/sexialization.html> 11. < "Adios Barbie." Adios Barbie. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2012. > 12. < Pipher, Mary Bray. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. New York: Putnam, 1994. Print. > 13. < Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used against Women. New York: W. Morrow, 1991. Print. > ...read more.

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