Bratz_1 Anyone who has seen the minuscule outfits sported by Bratz dolls or watched a music video lately can tell you that young women and girls are increasingly being portrayed as sex objects.  Today, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls and women in advertising, merchandising, and media.  Their review of research shows consequences in a number of areas:

  • Cognitive and Emotional Health: Sexualized images can cause people to be uncomfortable with their own bodies, leading to anxiety and shame.
  • Mental and Physical Health:  Eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression have all been linked to sexualization in the media. 
  • Sexual Development:  Girls may have trouble developing a healthy sexual self-image if all they see in the media are unhealthy sexual behaviors.

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