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

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

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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 a
girlish 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 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.


Author: Eileen L. Zurbriggen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 10/26/2012
Pages: 338
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.25lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.10w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9780199731657

About the Author

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.

Tomi-Ann Roberts is Winkler-Herman Professor of Psychology at Colorado College. She served on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Her research focuses on the consequences of the sexual objectification of girls and women, particularly the psychological consequences of girls' and women's own efforts to change their bodies and appearance to meet cultural standards.

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