A Decade of Behavior 2000-2010
Sexualization was defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) task force as occurring when a person’s value comes only from her/his sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, and when a person is sexually objectified, e.g., made into a thing for another’s sexual use.
Today’s generation of girls and young women are constantly targeted with harmful influences that attack self image and negatively influence the transition to adulthood.
Virtually every media form studied provides ample evidence of the sexualization and exploitation of young women, including television, music videos, music lyrics, movies, magazines, sports media, video games, the Internet, and advertising. Some studies have examined forms of media that are especially popular with children and adolescents, such as video games, teen-focused magazines and even toys and dolls such as Bratz. (LaFerla, 2003)
Sexualization of girls is linked to common mental health problems in girls and women—eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression along with many other negative health, mental and social issues. In addition it can also lead to self destructive behavior such as alcohol and drug addiction as well as promiscuity which can lead to sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy. (Adelson, 1980; Arnett, 2000; W.A. Collins & Sroufe, 1999)
With massive exposure to the destructive information that is being downloaded into their minds and spirits, shallow and superficial definitions of beauty are creating generations of girls who lack self esteem and confidence. It becomes so strong that it is suppresses the natural instinct to give and nurture. Instead, their attention shifts to focus on perfecting their slightest flaws. They are led to believe that they are not good enough and physical appearance becomes an obsession.
The pressure of perfection has become so overwhelming that it creates unrealistic standards to uphold. They are misled to believe that outward beauty is more important than virtue and material possessions have more value than people. Innocence is sacrificed and they have trouble looking within to find out who they are meant to be and what their purpose in life is in accordance to God’s will.
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