Getting Real - Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls

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Assembling writers, advocates, and academics, this volume spotlights the sexualisation 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 sexualisation 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.

Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist & Preface by Noni Hazlehurst