Assembling writers, advocates, and academics, this volume spotlights the sexualization and objectification of girls and women in the media, popular culture, and society. From clothing and music to magazines and toys, this collection explores today's advertising and merchandising techniques and the effects they have on the premature portrayal of girls as sexual beings. Arguing that the sexualization of girls leads to self-destructive behaviors such as eating disorders and self-harm as well as to increased anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, this account blames corporations, the media, and the sex industry. Informative and spirited, this record will interest critics of the "pornification" movement.
"This book is essential reading for parents, educators, and everyone who wishes to make the world a safer and healthier place for all children." --Jean Kilbourne, EdD, author, "So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood" and "What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids"
Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra author, commentator and advocate with a special interest in issues affecting women and girls. Her commentary has been published and broadcast widely in Australia and abroad and she is a frequent speaker at girls' schools.