Sexed-up images ‘hurt young girls’

News.com.au 21 Feb 07
Inescapable media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents can cause psychological and even physical harm to adolescents and young women, a study in the US has warned.The pressure of what experts call “sexualisation” can lead to depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance, said the report, released yesterday by the American Psychological Association. “Sexualisation of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls,” it said. Adult women dressed as school girls in music videos, bikini-clad dolls in hot tubs, and sexually-charged advertisements featuring teenagers were among the many examples cited. Such omnipresent images – on television and the internet, in movies and magazines – can also have a negative effect on a young girl’s sexual development, the study said.Based on a comprehensive review of academic literature, the 66 page report noted that young adolescents and girls were particularly at risk “because their sense of self is still being formed”.

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