Tomi-Ann Roberts: popular media and girls
Tomi-Ann Roberts (Colorado College) has been studying how popular media teaches girls to think of their bodies as sexual objects. She is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls (you can read a recent report by them here.)
In this 20 minute video, she gives a brief lecture on her findings. Quite an interesting presentation.
Girls are not passive recipients of these cultural messages. Girls are active agents. We know from developmental cognitive psychology that young boys and girls, once they know what their gender is, are very motivated to be the best example of their gender. And if the examples of femininity around you are a sort of tarted up, pornographied sexuality, then that’s what you’re psyched to be.