Study: Girls As Young As 6 Are Thinking Of Selves As Sex Objects.
The study outlined in the article was one in which Midwestern girls aged 6-9, chose from two public schools and one dance studio, picked a doll that they looked like, wanted to look like, would be most popular, or that they wanted to play with. In the study, 68% of the girls wanted to look like the sexy doll and 72% thought the sexy doll would be most popular. I think many Americans are concerned about over-sexualization of society, especially children. So, SL, what's actually interesting in this article l'havdil? Try this:
An inverse relationship? . . . . ."the girls in the dance studio chose the non-sexualized doll more often... . [authors] believe being involved in dance and other sports likely boosted the girls’ body image."
Moms, how much do you invest in your children's appearance? Are our children exposed to a plethora of media that emphasizes appearance? Probably! The readers of the Jewish Press were even were recently treated to a public flogging of the Bat Yisrael of marriagable age who wasn't attractive enough. Many complain about what media is doing to girls. I think frum media can play havoc on image too . . . . . "The study found that girls who watched a lot of TV and movies, and who had mothers who worried about their clothes and appearance several times a day, were more likely to choose the sexy doll."