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Sexualizing Childhood

 

 

 

Take Action

 

Tell Nickelodeon and Burger King: SpongeBob and Sexualization Don't Mix!

No Makeover For Dora! (a campaign from CCFC member organization Hardy Girls, Healthy Women)

No Naming Rights For Abercrombie & Fitch

 

Unilever: It's Time to Ax their Exploitative Marketing

 

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Countering Sexualization

 

Advocates for Children Decry Abercrombie & Fitch Naming Rights at Children’s Hospital

March 11, 2008

 

CCFC to Scholastic: No Bratz in Schools!

February 26, 2007

 

Burlesque Is Not Child’s Play: CCFC Urges Hasbro to Shelve New line of Pussycat Dolls

May 22, 2006

 

 

Sexualization in the News

 

Read the most up-to-date news about the sexualization of childhood. News>>

 

 

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Organizations & Websites

 

Hardy Girls, Healthy Women

 

Industry Ears

 

Kids Free 2b Kids (Australia) 

 

Project Girl

 

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More Issues

 

The Commercialization of Childhood

 

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Sexualization

 

Commercializing Play

 

Marketing without Borders

 

Body Image

 

Materialistic Values and Family Stress

 

School Commercialism

 

Childhood Obesity

 

Commercializing Babyhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children today are inundated with media and marketing that use sex to sell products. Embedded in these sexualized images are harmful messages that equate personal value with sexual appeal and turn sex into a commodity. Movies, music, TV programs, video games, and even toys marketed to children are rife with degrading images that objectify and sexualize girls and woman. Boys are also affected when sex is commodified, presented in the context of harmful stereotypes, and intertwined with power and violence.
 
Sexualized media and marketing can actively interfere with adolescents’ healthy sexual development and promote risky behavior. Today, even young children are internalizing sexualized images and appropriating sexualized behavior—long before they are able to understand what it means to be a sexual being.


Did you know?

 

  • More than half of teens report getting some or most of their information about sex from television.

 

  • On average, music videos contain 93 sexual situations per hour, including eleven “hard core” scenes depicting behaviors such as intercourse and oral sex.

 

  • The best-selling Bratz dolls—a hipper, sexier version of Barbie—are now a media empire, selling over 4 million DVDs and reaching number 1 on the Billboard Children’s Chart.

 

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Recommended Resources

 

 

Articles and Reports

 

Network of Spiritual Progressives Address

Susan Linn

 

Selling an ideal of lipstick and lace

Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb

 

Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

 

Sex on TV 4

Kaiser Family Foundation

 

 

 

Books

 

Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes
Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown

Sexual Teens, Sexual Media: Investigating Media’s Influence on Adolescent Sexuality
Jane Brown et al (Eds)

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids
Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne

 

 

     

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