When I was 16 years old, I was the kind of teenager who had a favorite mathematician. One Sunday I went to see my hero give a talk. Afterward, I lingered near the stage with my dad, prepped with my usual question for adults with careers I admired: Any advice for a kid in high school? I was wearing a grey sweater I had gotten on sale at Express, with a tank top underneath. The area around my chest was skin-tight; not because I wanted it to be, but because most clothing was. The mathematician answered my question, suggesting that I not worry about any one particular job move and just do things that interested me—prescient advice for the gig economy that lay in my future.
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The sexualization of girls: Is the popular culture harming kids?
That isn't something that children should ever have to contend with. But the popular culture seems increasingly accepting of the sexualization of children. The most common worries are that girls will learn to view themselves as sex objects, or that girls will develop anxieties when they fail to meet popular standards of beauty. Do media images of sexualized girls change the way we view children? Are people liable to judge children as more sophisticated than they really are? Are we more likely to believe that young girls are willing participants in sexual activity?
The sexualization of girls: How the popular culture harms our kids
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The sexualization of young girls occurs when individuals or when a society explicitly or implicitly demonstrates that a girl's value comes only from her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, or when she is sexually objectified, or when sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon her. Girls are often pressured by society to be more sexually attractive to members of the opposite sex and to wear tighter clothing, post sexier images, act more feminine, and engage in inappropriate behaviors like watching porn or sexting. Boundaries are constantly being pushed by the media and by individuals. We see female celebrities wearing provocative clothing in music videos, on award shows, and on social media. Even if these women are strong role models, the way they dress, pose, and engage in sexually-charged conversations can be very impactful on girls.