Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Report: Sexual Images Psychologically Damaging Young Girls

Sexualized images in the media are psychologically damaging young girls and corrupting childhood, according to a group of psychologists. The report says that virtually all media forms are promoting inappropriate images of products such as toys and clothing that are harmful to girls’ self image and healthy development. It specifically criticizes Bratz dolls (the prostitots of the toy world), which come dressed in miniskirts and fishnet stockings and outsell Barbie dolls in Britain by two to one. Asda (a British megastore) has been condemned for marketing black lacy underwear to nine-year-olds.
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) report says that marketing companies take advantage of youngsters’ desire for affection and the need to conform, leading to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression. Academics believe that the influence and attitudes of parents, siblings, and friends can also add to the pressures of sexualization.
Eileen Zurbriggen, the APA’s chairman, said: “The consequences of the sexualization of girls in media are likely to be a negative influence on girls’ healthy development. We have ample evidence to conclude that sexualization has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, and healthy sexual development.” The report says that parents can play a role in contributing to the sexualization of their daughters or can play a protective and educative role.

Source: FOX News.com
"As a society, we need to replace all of these sexualized images with ones showing girls in positive settings - ones that show the uniqueness and competence of girls," states Dr. Zurbriggen. "The goal should be to deliver messages to all adolescents - boys and girls - that lead to healthy sexual development."

EDITORIAL: I've been saying this for YEARS! Sexualization of our children is harmful to them. It's unfortunate, but it happens almost everywhere. Even Wal-Mart (and other retailers) sell panties for 9-year olds, with sayings like, "Eye Candy" or "Sweet Tart" on them. That's disgusting!
With all of the freely available porn on the net (including child pornography), it's no wonder child sexual abuse is on the rise. The Cooey's of this world get their sick rocks off by abusing little girls who are driven towards being sexually enticing at younger and younger ages. The circle is vicious -- and children are ALWAYS the ones who lose.