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The effect of media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents

The effect of media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents

| February 21, 2007 | 13 Replies

According to a recent report by the American Psychological Association,

Inescapable media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents can cause psychological and even physical harm to adolescents and young women.

According to this APA report, the pressure of this “sexualization” can lead to depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance. See, also, Yahoo’s article on this report.

What are the sources of these images? The report points to these examples:

Advertisements (e.g., the Skechers “naughty and nice” ad that featured Christina Aguilera dressed as a schoolgirl in pigtails, with her shirt unbuttoned, licking a lollipop), dolls (e.g., Bratz dolls dressed in sexualized clothing such as miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas), clothing (thongs sized for 7– to 10-year-olds, some printed with slogans such as “wink wink”), and television programs (e.g., a televised fashion show in which adult models in lingerie were presented as young girls).

It is difficult to not notice this modern smearing of the boundaries between female childhood and adulthood. Our media is obsessed with presenting images of women acting like little girls and little girls forced to act “sexualized.”

What’s the difference between “sexualization” and healthy sexuality? According to the APA report, “sexualization” occurs when

a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics;

a person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy;

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Compelling photography from World Press Photo’s annual contest

Compelling photography from World Press Photo’s annual contest

| February 20, 2007 | 4 Replies

If you’d like to view some compelling photography, take a look at the prize winners of World Press Photo’s annual contest.  The purpose of the contest is to offer “an overview of how press photographers tackle their work worldwide and how the press gives us the news, bringing together pictures from all parts of the […]

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I wonder if Bush ever thinks about all the dead Iraqis his lies have produced

I wonder if Bush ever thinks about all the dead Iraqis his lies have produced

| February 19, 2007 | 2 Replies

Just imagine if some foreign demagogue had caused the daily slaughter of scores of people in America’s capitol city. I wonder what we would think of him, and of the people who brought him to power.  We gripe, for good reason, about Osama bin Laden, but his act of terrorism pales in comparison to that of George Bush’s, […]

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A brain?  No thanks, God.

A brain? No thanks, God.

| February 19, 2007 | 1 Reply

No further comment necessary, right?  Except that I’m publishing the above image with the express permission of Pixwit.com.   Oh, and one other thing.  Don’t overlook your chance to earn $1,000,000 by participating in Pixwit’s “Miracle Challenge.”  If you win, just send me my 10% finders’ fee.   Oh, and there’s that one little thing . . […]

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Cartoon moment

Cartoon moment

| February 19, 2007 | Reply

            [Thanks to Milard Draudt for permission to reprint this cartoon here.  I noticed this cartoon in Funny Times, which I dutifully read every month]

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Murtha’s plan and the war (of words)

Murtha’s plan and the war (of words)

| February 18, 2007 | 1 Reply

When I see how this war of words is going on, it depresses me.  As reported by DailyKos: The GOP is trying to frame Murtha’s plan of requiring improved troop readiness as the exact opposite. According the GOP: Murtha’s plan is to “cut funding”, is a “strategy to pull the rug out from under our […]

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Electing a person of competence over a “person of faith”

Electing a person of competence over a “person of faith”

| February 18, 2007 | 3 Replies

Mitt Romney proudly stood up for himself today. He boldly told a large Florida crowd what kind of president we need to elect in 2008: “One of the great things about this land is that we have people of different faiths and different religions, but we need to have a person of faith lead the country,” […]

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“It Was A Pleasure To Burn…”

“It Was A Pleasure To Burn…”

| February 17, 2007 | 9 Replies

February’s Big Read in Missouri has selected a surprising novel–Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  I should not assume everyone today has read it, so briefly it is a novel about a future in which it is illegal to read books.  The fire department, because all houses are built of fireproof materials, no longer puts out […]

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Split Opinion on Young Earth in an Individual. Or Split Personality?

Split Opinion on Young Earth in an Individual. Or Split Personality?

| February 17, 2007 | 3 Replies

I was sent this New York Times article in which a Young Earth Creationist gets a real PhD in paleontology. How does he do it? Dr. Ross said, the methods and theories of paleontology are one “paradigm” for studying the past, and Scripture is another. In the paleontological paradigm, he said, the dates in his […]

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