Research on the sexualization of girls

From the September/October 2008 Youth Worker Journal
“See Jane Deal with Her Body. How You Can Address the Sexualization of Today’s Girls”

• Mothers are competing with their daughters to look good or sexy.
• The efforts to help girls “stay pure” might be too focused on avoiding specific behaviors and not focused enough on a deeper transformation of hearts and attitudes toward sexuality.
• Sports are a double edge sword: they boost self esteem, but there is a lot of popular media overwhelming sexualizing women’s sports.
• Self esteem is directly linked to materialism: as self esteem falls, materialism sky rockets; and vise versa.