Sexualisation of girls makes them ill – author

The Press 03/08/2010

Young girls are increasingly portrayed as sexually available and interested mini-adults, an Australian feminist says. Melinda Tankard Reist, editor of Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, said Western culture had developed a highly sexualised and homogonised view of females in the past decade. “A scary view about what women and girls are good for has developed; they are merely here to service the sexual satisfaction of men and if they don’t succeed they’re worthless,” she said. “And we’re now applying adult concepts to children: our culture is repackaging young girls as sexually interested and available.” Tankard Reist is in New Zealand to address a Family First-hosted conference, The Forum on the Family, in Auckland on Friday.