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Running head: SEXUALITY 1 Sexuality on Sexualization of Girl by Media Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation
SEXUALITY 2 Sexuality on Sexualization of Girl by Media Sexualization is a term that is related to sexual objectification. It generally refers to the idea of making something sexual, mainly in relation to women and men (Jackson & Goddard, 2015). Studies show that sexualization occurs when individuals’ value is determined primarily from physical body characteristics and language. Various studies findings have highlighted that women are more regarded in a sexual manner than men (Ward et al., 2018). For example, women may be sexually judged based on facial expressions or body postures, implying readiness for sex and dressing that reveals some body parts. Studies also highlights that men consider women to be more attractive when they embrace their sexual desires (Ward et al., 2018). According to the American Psychological Association, sexualization of girls by media leads to sexist girl’s attitudes and sexual violence tolerance in the society (Rice & Watson, 2016). Media play a vital role in the exposure of an individual to sexualizing sounds, texts, images, and experiences. Various results from media content analyses indicate that sexualization is always present in many media types, including print magazines, music television, social networking sites, and video games (Ward et al., 2018). The presence of sexualization in these media mostly affects young girls negatively in their developmental stages as they develop their identities and clearly understand their sexual being. Some of the negative consequences include eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, depression, and low self-esteem (Ramsey & Horan, 2018). The research paper discusses how some forms of media lead to the sexualization of girls and their effects Sexualization of Girls by Media Social Media Social media has led to the sexualization of girls through amplification of age-old pressures for them to change and follow specific narratives and has also brought about new and
SEXUALITY 3 unexploited ways of conforming to such stresses (Ramsey & Horan, 2018). The media achieves this by shaping the identity of girls through culture reinforcement of misogyny and sexism. Young girls, usually at their developmental stages, are subjected to male sexual organ pictures without their quest, forced to send their nude photos, which are then shared widely in various social networks.

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