Essay on The Sexualization Of Women 's Effect On Children

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The sexualization of women has been an issue that has existed for centuries. However, with today’s society drowning in a sea of media, the issue has grown to unfathomable proportions. In today’s rapidly expanding consumer culture and media’s enslavement of society, the influence television has on children is inescapable regardless of age, race, and gender. This presents troubling consequences for children who grow up watching programs that hypersexualize young women. The sexualization of girls in television media creates a toxic culture where; young men and women receive damaging messages related to sex, girls are more likely to encounter negative psychological effects and mental health issues, and the fetishizing of underage girls is normalized. A report produced in 1998 by Nielsen Media Research found that, "the average child or teen watches 3 hours of television per day" and "when various media are combined, children view 6 hours 32 minutes per day" (Nielsen Media Research, 1998). This consumption of television media continues in today’s society and the messages regarding sex directed towards young audiences continue to intensify. The American Psychological Association’s 2007 “Report on the Sexualization of Girls” has multiple qualifications for when sexualization occurs, one of which states that, “a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics” (American Psychological Association, 2007, p. 1). Many…

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