Effects of Media Sexualization on Young Teenage Girls

By Matt Bulkley | Blog Education Series

STAR Guides Wilderness - Effects of Media Sexualization on Young Teenage Girls

If you have had the chance to look at some popular media messages aimed at teenage girls and tweens, then you may have noticed the abundance of hypersexual images in the content. No matter what the medium is, TV, publications, Websites, etc, media is playing a huge role in the sexualization of young girls. As parents, you may wonder what kind of effects this process can have on the mind of young girls. This article will help you learn about some possible ones of this hypersexualization:

Objectification

When young girls see such images all around them, they are basically being taught that it is okay to objectify women in such a way. They learn that they live in a society where women are treated as objects and without knowing it, they start to accept that role.

Self-image Issues

Another very dangerous and very real effect of watching such images is that young impressionable girls are looking at ‘ideal’ women on popular media and they believe that they themselves have to fulfill the appearance criteria, to look beautiful. This can lead to various self image and psychological issues in these girls.

Pornography

The repeated exposure to explicit images can take young girls down a darker path. Many teenage girls start watching pornography as a result of the images and stories they see around them, which could result in a potentially dangerous internet porn addiction or possibly, sex addiction. STAR Guides Wilderness is a porn addiction center in Utah that offers a unique recovery program specifically designed for teenagers.

Sex as Drugs

Most TV programs and publications are sending this message to young girls, treat sex like a drug. It may not be what they are saying directly, but the actions of characters and images are portrayed in such a way that the message young girls receive is exactly that. And this misinterpretation can lead them down a dangerous path.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of the possible effects that media sexualization can have on young, teenage girls. It is difficult to avoid these images altogether, so instead speaking to your daughters about this topic would be an effective approach. If your child is experiencing sexual behavioral issues because of this or any other reason, then contact STAR Guides Wilderness and learn how the program can help your child.

Company Introduction

STAR Guides is a first of its kind addiction therapy center. It offers uniquely designed wilderness therapy for adolescents struggling with sexual behavior issues. STAR Guides provides navigation for the whole family of people who struggle with disruptive sexual behaviors. Sexual compulsivity, pornography, cyber-sex addiction and sexual offences are some of the issues that are treated in this program.

For more information, please visit https://starguideswilderness.com/

About the Author

Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.

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