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.
Read more about the report: