Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood Causes, Consequences, and Resistance

ISBN-10: 0199731659

ISBN-13: 9780199731657

Edition: 2012

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Description: For the past several years, child advocates, parents, and educators have expressed concern over the sexualization of girls. Has the cultural sexual objectification of girls and women increased? Are younger and younger girls sold a "sexed-up" version of femininity, and are adult women sold a girlish sexuality?The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistanceincludes the best empirical research, theory, and practice stemming from the report of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Contributors discuss evidence for this phenomenon from media and marketing, to interpersonal interaction, to girls' own efforts to fashion themselves after sexualized role models around them. A variety of consequences of the sexualization of girls and girlhood--for girls themselves, for others, and for society at large--are presented. Individual chapters cover topics such as athletics as a solution and problem for the sexualization of girls, sexual harassment by peers, gendered violence, body image, adolescent girls' sexual development, and healthy sexuality for girls and young women. Importantly, positive alternatives and suggestions are included so that those who care for girls can address this troubling cultural trend and help counter the significant risk to girls' wellbeing that it represents. This volume is a valuable resource for child advocates, parents, and educators and useful for undergraduate and graduate courses that address gender across disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, communication, media studies, and women's, and sexuality studies.

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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/26/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Contributors
What s Sexualization? Scope of the Problem and Theoretical Foundations
The Problem of Sexualization: What Is It and How Does It Happen?
"She's So Pretty, She Looks Just Like a Bratz Doll!": Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Girls' and Women's Self-Objectification
Cultural Contributions and Consequences
A Woman's Worth: Analyzing the Sexual Objectification of Black Women in Music Videos
Athletics as Solution and Problem: Sport Participation for Girls and the Sexualization of Female Athletes
It's Bad for Us Too: How the Sexualization of Girls Impacts the Sexuality of Boys, Men, and Women
Interpersonal Contributions and Consequences
Sexual Harassment by Peers
"If You're Hot, I'm Bi": Implications of Sexualization for Sexual Minority Girls
The Sexualization of Girls and Gendered Violence: Mapping the Connections
Prostitution: An Extreme Form of Girls' Sexualization
Intrapersonal Contributions and Consequences
Teens, Pre-teens, and Body Image
Kiddy Thongs and Menstrual Pads: The Sexualization of Girls and Early Menstrual Life
"I'd Rather Be a Famous Fashion Model than a Famous Scientist": The Rewards and Costs of Internalizing Sexualization
Resistance, Activism, and Alternatives
"Not Always a Clear Path": Making Space for Peers, Adults, and Complexity in Adolescent Girls' Sexual Development
Toward a Healthy Sexuality for Girls and Young Women: A Critique of Desire
Fighting Sexualization: What Parents, Teachers, Communities, and Young People Can Do
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