Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture

Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture

by Patrice Oppliger
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Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture

Instead of advancing women’s social and professional empowerment, popular culture trends appear to be backsliding into the blatant sexual exploitation of women and girls at younger and younger ages. This study investigates the effects of mass marketed sexual images and cultural trends on the behaviors and attitudes of young girls and describes many ways in which young girls are increasingly taught to go to outrageous lengths in seeking male attention.
Topics include the powerful effects of cultural phenomena such as revealing fashions, plastic surgery, and beauty pageants in influencing teen and preteen girls to willingly participate in and promote their own sexualization. These chapters also explore other cultural factors contributing to this early sexualization of young girls, including absentee parenting and material overindulgence. Later chapters focus on the sexual representations of females in the mass entertainment media, focusing specifically on how popular magazines, television programs, films, and the Internet prey upon, promote, and reinforce young girls’ physical and sexual insecurities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786435227
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1. Fashion 7

2. Sexuality 22

3. Pornography 39

4. Strippers 51

5. Plastic Surgery 69

6. Beauty Pageants 79

7. Bad Behavior 95

8. Music 113

9. Print 132

10. Radio 141

11. Television 149

12. Film 161

13. The Internet 171

14. Sports 180

15. Fantasy 192

16. Empowerment or Exploitation? 205

17. Conclusions 219

References 237

Index 257

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LewisBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book for people interested in Women’s Studies and Girls’ Studies; the issues discussed pertain to both women and girls. The book addresses everything from a clothing line meant to make children look like pimps to the degradation of women in strip clubs and pornography. I thought that the author did a good job of explaining how the issues women face reflect on the younger generation of girls. She cites tons of examples of how “skanky” behavior and dress has become a norm in our society and the implications for young girls can be harmful. This book would be a great read for anyone studying the way women are viewed and portrayed in American culture.