Carl Sagan’s new article can be found in the March/April 2007 edition of Skeptical Inquirer. It is titled “Science’s Vast Cosmic Perspective Eludes Religion.” Well, okay. As you know, Carl Sagan died of pneumonia in 1996. This “new” article was actually prepared by Ann Druyan, based on lectures Sagan gave in 1985. Sagan begins the […]
Not very well, according to this article from Salon.com. Here’s an excerpt: Perhaps most troubling, the Army seems bent on denying that the stress of war has caused the soldiers’ mental trauma in the first place. (There is an economic reason for doing so: Mental problems from combat stress can require the Army to pay disability […]
Madison Avenue is so clever these days that most commercials are, to some extent, fun to watch. Adbusters.org is working hard to top Madison Avenue, though, with its own spoof commercials. Some of these are quite well done. You’ll find more of Adbuster’s spoof ads here. Here’s what Adbusters is about, based on its […]
One year ago, I made my first tentative post to this blog. It was really a test more than a post, as were the handful of posts for the next two weeks. We really didn’t get running until mid-March, 2006. In that month of March 2006, “Grumpypilgrim” and I were happy to see that, on […]
Today is the first anniversary of my dad’s death. Yesterday I came home from the crematorium “with me dad took’d under me arm,” to badly paraphrase the children’s song about Ann Boleyn. Death doesn’t frighten me in an abstract way. I grew up with Tom Lehrer music, Charles Addams cartoons, Hitchcock short story books, and […]
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;
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 […]
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, […]
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 . . […]