Girls as young as six aspire to be sexy. A recent US study may have unlocked WHY they want to be sexy. And better yet, they may have some ideas that work to protect our daughters from precocious sexualisation.
I saw this on HuffPo and found it really interesting. The study used two dolls – a sexily dressed doll and a trendy, but loose-fitting dressed doll – and girls were asked questions and use the dolls to answer those questions.
I’ve written about this topic before and to be honest, the sexualisation of our children is one of those hot button topics that get me in a rage. An easy, obvious place to lay some of the blame is the revolting music videos that saturate the industry and that our kids are exposed to.
Things researchers in the US study found that contribute to girls aspiring to be sexy:
- sexy is equated with popularity at school
- mothers who comment about their own weight and appearance are a factor
- media consumption is also a factor contributing to higher rates of aspiring to be sexy
Factors that seem to point to protecting girls against sexualisation:
- mothers who use media as a teaching moment
- mothers who are religious
- girls with limited access to TV and movies
Go to the Huffington Post to read the article in full (highly recommended).