The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistance

Hardcover | October 24, 2012

EditorEileen L. Zurbriggen, Tomi-Ann Roberts

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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 agirlish sexuality? The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistance includes 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 phenomenonfrom 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 andsuggestions 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 graduatecourses that address gender across disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, communication, media studies, and women's, and sexuality studies.

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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 agirlish sexuality? The Sexualization of Girls ...

Eileen L. Zurbriggen is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She served as Chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Her research focuses on behavioral and psychological linkages of power and sex and on media representations of gender and sexuality. Tom...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPart I. What is Sexualization? Scope of the Problem and Theoretical Foundations1. Tomi-Ann Roberts and Eileen L. Zurbriggen: The Problem of Sexualization: What is It and How Does it Happen?2. Tomi-Ann Roberts: "She's So Pretty, She Looks Just like A Bratz Doll!": Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Girls' and Women's Self-ObjectificationPart II. Cultural Contributions and Consequences3. L Monique Ward, Rocio Rivadeneyra, Khia Thomas, Kyla Day, and Marina Epstein: A Woman's Worth: Analyzing the Sexual Objectification of Black Women in Music Videos4. Elizabeth A. Daniels and Nicole M. LaVoi: Athletics as Solution and Problem: Sport Participation for Girls and the Sexualization of Female Athletes5. Deborah L. Tolman: It's Bad For Us Too: How the Sexualization of Girls Impacts the Sexuality of Boys, Men, and WomenPart III. Interpersonal Contributions and Consequences6. Jennifer L. Petersen and Janet Shibley Hyde: Sexual Harassment by Peers7. Elisabeth Morgan Thompson: "If you're Hot, I'm Bi": Implications of Sexualization for Sexual-Minority Girls8. Natalie J. Purcell and Eileen L. Zurbriggen: The Sexualization of Girls and Gendered Violence: Mapping the Connections9. Melissa Farley: Prostitution: An Extreme Form of Girls' SexualizationPart IV. Intrapersonal Contributions and Consequences10. Marika Tiggemann: Teens, Pre-teens, and Body Image11. Margaret L. Stubbs and Ingrid Johnston-Robledo: Kiddy Thongs and Menstrual Pads: The Sexualization of Girls and Early Menstrual Life12. Sarah K. Murnen and Linda Smolak: "I'd Rather be a Famous Fashion Model than a Famous Scientist" : The Rewards and Costs of Internalizing SexualizationPart V. Resistance, Activism, and Alternatives13. Laina Y. Bay-Cheng, Jennifer A. Livingston, and Nicole M. Fava: "Not Always a Clear Path": Making Space for Peers, Adults, and Complexity in Adolescent Girls' Sexual Development14. Sharon Lamb: Toward a Healthy Sexuality for Girls and Young Women: A Critique of Desire15. Eileen L. Zurbriggen and Tomi-Ann Roberts: Fighting Sexualization: What Parents, Teachers, Communities, and Kids Can Do