Sexy Too Soon: the Media’s Sexualization of Our Daughters Essay

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Sexy Too Soon:
The Media’s Sexualization of Our Daughters
English 101-B13

Abstract
This paper explores the ways media productions have become the main culprit in the sexualization of children. The Bratz Doll itself is a device of the media and all the media images posted on her demonstrates the extent of influence that media hype has on children. Kids are inundated with marketing to sell sex products, including but not limited to provocative clothing which interferes with the healthy development of kids. Harmful images embedded with media misconceptions objectify girls and woman. Children are being transformed into miniature adults with the Media assuming the role of guidance counselor. With both parent’s working in the majority
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The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (2008) report describes several components of how the media interferes with the healthy development of our children and these set it apart from healthy sexuality (p.1). Four components of when Sexualization occurs are: * “A persons’ value comes only from her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics” (APA, 2008, p.1). The Media may be educating our tweens and teens that the reward of attaining male attention overshadows the rewards of academic achievement; thus limiting future educational and vocational opportunities. * “A person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness with being sexy” (APA, 2008, p. 1). The intelligence of females is being marginalized when the focus is primarily on body image and sexy attire. * “A person is sexually objectified – that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use, rather than seen as a person with the capacity for independent action and decision making” (APA, 2008, p. 1). The free-love movement, rather than empowering females, has contributed to the objectification of women; with women even objectifying themselves. Sex has been devalued, with girls and women being treated as expendable commodities. *

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