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Sexualization of Girls


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A Making Girls Matter (MGM) presentation on the sexualization of girls and its impact on their development.

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Sexualization of Girls

  1. 1. presents: Sexualization of Girls Patrice Gray M*G*M ~making girls matter~
  2. 2. Sexualization Defined <ul><li>The process of making a person, group or thing sexual </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sexualization of Girls <ul><li>There is an influx of highly sexualized imagery projected at girls </li></ul><ul><li>Sexualized messages are received from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retailers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community and more </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Impact on Development <ul><li>Choate and Curry suggest that when these images and messages are reinforced at home, by peers, adults, or via hidden curriculums, girls begin to limit their academic achievement, career aspirations, and psychological well-being (2009). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dangers of Sexualization <ul><li>Youth is a time of identity, physical and emotional development </li></ul><ul><li>Influx of imagery becomes normalized and negatively shapes development </li></ul><ul><li>Girls begin emulating images seen in the media </li></ul><ul><li>Preoccupation with their image and how they are perceived by others </li></ul>
  6. 6. Stereotyping Girls <ul><li>Some stereotypes portray girls as lesser than boys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Girls are not good in math or science.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ That’s a man’s job.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communicates that girls shouldn’t pursue certain things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Won’t be successful because of their gender </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not for you because of their gender </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Taking Action <ul><li>The American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls recommends extensive counseling programs involving research, practice, education and training, public policy, and public awareness (2007). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Choate & Curry’s Plan <ul><li>Student gains self-awareness through large-group workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Student may seek or is placed in small-group counseling sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Student may seek or is placed in individual counseling </li></ul>
  9. 9. Making Girls Matter <ul><li>What started out as a class project has turned into a movement to Making Girls Matter . I am passionate about the future of our girls and I challenge you to become a part of the solution. </li></ul><ul><li>~Patrice Gray </li></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><li>American Psychological Association. (2007). Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved February 4, 2011, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Choate, L., Curry, J. (2009). Addressing the sexualization of girls through comprehensive programs, advocacy, and systemic change: Implications for professional school counselors. American School Counselor Association, 12, 213-222. </li></ul><ul><li>LeCroy, C. W. (2004). Experimental evaluation of “Go Grrrls” preventive intervention for early adolescent girls. Journal of Primary Prevention, 25, 457-473. </li></ul><ul><li>Peter, J., Valkenburg, P. (2007). Adolescents’ exposure to a sexualized media environment and their notions of women as sex objects. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 56, 381-95. </li></ul><ul><li>Polce-Lynch, M., Myers, B. J., Lilmartin, C. T., Forssmann-Falck, R., & Kliewer, W. (1998). Gender and age patterns in emotional expression, body image, and self-esteem: A qualitative analysis. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 38, 1025-1049. </li></ul>