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Old 02-21-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
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APA Report Links Media Sexualization Of Girls To Mental Health Problems

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0220005051.htm

"The consequences of the sexualization of girls in media today are very real and are likely to be a negative influence on girls' healthy development," says Eileen L. Zurbriggen, PhD, chair of the APA Task Force. "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."

Research evidence shows that the sexualization of girls negatively affects girls and young women across a variety of health domains:

* Cognitive and Emotional Consequences: Sexualization and objectification undermine a person's confidence in and comfort with her own body, leading to emotional and self-image problems, such as shame and anxiety.
* Mental and Physical Health: Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems diagnosed in girls and women--eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression or depressed mood.
* Sexual Development: Research suggests that the sexualization of girls has negative consequences on girls' ability to develop a healthy sexual self-image."

Will reports such as this from credible sources have any affect on the media's actions? I'm not holding my breath. Of course obviously it's a parent's responsibility to do his/her best to monitor exposure and to discuss it, etc. and try to foster healthy self esteem in spite of all that-I love that they give parents tips there. But the sexualization of girls in the media is a considerable problem with numerous repercussions.
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Re: APA Report Links Media Sexualization Of Girls To Mental Health Problems

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But the sexualization of girls in the media is a considerable problem with numerous repercussions.


while i totally agree with this -- and this is to jump off to another point, not address anything you've said specifically -- i do think people need to realize where this comes from. there's no pernicious plot to sexualize girls; there's no agenda at work in the presentation of women as sexual objects; there's no absence of, or presence of, any particular set of values, except one: money.

sex sells. hence, people use sex -- and, in a predominantly heterosexual world, that means young females -- to seel products, whether it's Pepsi or CDs or Ford Trucks.

it's capitalism baby, not some agenda at work.

kind of how in a democracy you get the government you deserve; in a free market, you get sold what you want.
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I feel the same way about these claims as I have in the past: in my experience, girls are infinitely more influenced by the actions and opinions of their close peers, not by what they see on MTV or in magazines. I think a lot of the time, teenage girls over-sexualize themselves. Of course the media is not going to complain, but capitalize on these trends.

I agree w/ Irvine....
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it's capitalism baby, not some agenda at work.

kind of how in a democracy you get the government you deserve; in a free market, you get sold what you want.
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in a free market, you get sold what you want.
But the children are being programmed WHAT to want from every aspect of life - "Art", Schools, The Media Propaganda Complex...

They are bombarded with images and messages of what happiness is. The end result is Miss Spears and Miss Hilton. The very opposite what most of us would want for our daughters.
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But the children are being programmed WHAT to want from every aspect of life - "Art", Schools, The Media Propaganda Complex...

They are bombarded with images and messages of what happiness is. The end result is Miss Spears and Miss Hilton. The very opposite what most of us would want for our daughters.

so don't buy it. speak with your dollars. and realize that simply because it's not what you want, that doesn't mean that it isn't what other people might want, and if they outspend you, then it's something you've got to deal with.

where do you think these messages come from? they come from messages that have worked well -- i.e., made money -- in the past where people have consumed the image, the sound, the movie, the CD, the program. it was successful, and as we all know, once something is successful it is replicated and imitated until it is no longer successful.

and what is the Media Propaganda Complex?
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I agree with the capitalism/economic agenda mostly. Beauty magazines are filled with images and ads. However, some of the articles in them intentionally try to make the reader feel inadequate in order to sell whatever products appear in the magazine and to subscribe to the magazine. Even men's magazines have this trait. The headlines give it away - they are sort of masked as "self-improvement" articles but are usually geared towards getting validation from the opposite gender.
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^That reminds me of the Dove campaign and the video where the show this random girl getting "perfected" with lots of make-up and after that Photoshop, and the other video with the interviews of the girls. They really looked ok, and there was no need to feel awkward. Still the bought this image of being ugly only because of the image they got of magazines and TV.
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I agree with the capitalism/economic agenda mostly. Beauty magazines are filled with images and ads. However, some of the articles in them intentionally try to make the reader feel inadequate in order to sell whatever products appear in the magazine and to subscribe to the magazine. Even men's magazines have this trait. The headlines give it away - they are sort of masked as "self-improvement" articles but are usually geared towards getting validation from the opposite gender.
I don't think that many women take these magazines seriously anyway. Those that do typically have self-esteem issues that run a lot deeper than current media trends. I read Cosmo, etc. when I'm on the beach, almost as a joke. My friends compare articles, how ridiculous they are. I have one friend who does have a lot of self-image problems b/c her high school boyfriend was physically and verbally abusive. She takes these kinds of magazines seriously, but it's really her pre-existing issues that make her more vulnerable to being influenced by media.
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I agree with the capitalism/economic agenda mostly. Beauty magazines are filled with images and ads. However, some of the articles in them intentionally try to make the reader feel inadequate in order to sell whatever products appear in the magazine and to subscribe to the magazine. Even men's magazines have this trait. The headlines give it away - they are sort of masked as "self-improvement" articles but are usually geared towards getting validation from the opposite gender.


but this has been around forever.

they invent toothpaste. how to sell it? "you might have bad breath!"

they invent deodorant. how to sell it? "you might have BO!"

they invent contact lenses. how to sell it? "glasses make you look nerdy!"

etc, etc.
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but this has been around forever.

they invent toothpaste. how to sell it? "you might have bad breath!"

they invent deodorant. how to sell it? "you might have BO!"

they invent contact lenses. how to sell it? "glasses make you look nerdy!"

etc, etc.
True- but a Colgate ad is clearly propoganda, whereas a magazine article is generally viewed more as journalism but is frequently disguised.
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I don't think that many women take these magazines seriously anyway. Those that do typically have self-esteem issues that run a lot deeper than current media trends. I read Cosmo, etc. when I'm on the beach, almost as a joke. My friends compare articles, how ridiculous they are. I have one friend who does have a lot of self-image problems b/c her high school boyfriend was physically and verbally abusive. She takes these kinds of magazines seriously, but it's really her pre-existing issues that make her more vulnerable to being influenced by media.
Yeah - some of the articles are a bit outlandish.
But sometimes they are more subtle. For example GQ has this month "25 essential tips, secrets, and shortcuts guaranteed to improve your style." That sends a subtle hint that your style is lame at the moment and when you read it, they slip in some examples from their advertisers. And they'll try to keep you coming back next month for more "tips".
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True- but a Colgate ad is clearly propoganda, whereas a magazine article is generally viewed more as journalism but is frequently disguised.


many, many magazine "articles" are really extended advertisements for various products, quite similar to product placement in movies or television shows.
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many, many magazine "articles" are really extended advertisements for various products, quite similar to product placement in movies or television shows.
Almost everything we see and hear is propaganda. Even the news. Someone always has an agenda. As always - just follow the path to find out who will benefit the most - and there you will find the culprits.
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Almost everything we see and hear is propaganda. Even the news. Someone always has an agenda. As always - just follow the path to find out who will benefit the most - and there you will find the culprits.

and the biggest instrument of propaganda in the Western world is the biggest selling book of all time ...
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