The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistance

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For the past several years, child advocates, parents, and educators have expressed concern over the sexualization of girls. Has the cultural sexual objectification of girls and women increased? Are younger and younger girls sold a "sexed-up" version of femininity, and are adult women sold a girlish sexuality?

The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistance includes the best empirical research, theory, and practice stemming from the report of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Contributors discuss evidence for this phenomenon from media and marketing, to interpersonal interaction, to girls' own efforts to fashion themselves after sexualized role models around them. A variety of consequences of the sexualization of girls and girlhood--for girls themselves, for others, and for society at large--are presented. Individual chapters cover topics such as athletics as a solution and problem for the sexualization of girls, sexual harassment by peers, gendered violence, body image, adolescent girls' sexual development, and healthy sexuality for girls and young women. Importantly, positive alternatives and suggestions are included so that those who care for girls can address this troubling cultural trend and help counter the significant risk to girls' wellbeing that it represents. This volume is a valuable resource for child advocates, parents, and educators and useful for undergraduate and graduate courses that address gender across disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, communication, media studies, and women's, and sexuality studies.

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Eileen L. Zurbriggen is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She served as Chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Her research focuses on behavioral and psychological linkages of power and sex and on media representations of gender and sexuality.

Tomi-Ann Roberts is Winkler-Herman Professor of Psychology at Colorado College. She served on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. Her research focuses on the consequences of the sexual objectification of girls and women, particularly the psychological consequences of girls' and women's own efforts to change their bodies and appearance to meet cultural standards.

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"Drawing on research and theoretical contributions from 24 authors, Eileen Zurbriggen and Tomi-Ann Roberts have assembled a substantive volume that contributes greatly to the burgeoning field of girls' studies. Zurbriggen and Roberts are to be praised for their solicitation of such a diversity of contributions and then for skillfully and sequentially organizing the chapters to build toward their goal of providing a tool to fight back against the 'patriarchal and sexist culture [that] lies at the root [of] the sexualization of girls' (p. 310). I found the ample documentation easy to use and the index extensive as well as comprehensive. The book appears to be a good candidate as a textbook or a reader in an upper level or graduate course. In addition to girls' studies, all or parts of the volume would enhance gender studies, sociology, and psychology courses." - Carol A. Gosselink, PsycCRITIQUES


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