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The sexualization of childhood

Contributor(s): Olfman, Sharna.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Childhood in America. Publisher: Westport Praeger 2009Description: viii, 213 p.ISBN: 9780275999858.Subject(s): Girls in Popular Culture - United States | Sexually Abused Teenagers - United States | Children - Social Conditions - 21st Century | Children - Health and Hygiene | Human Body - ExploitationDDC classification: 305.230820973 Summary: Only a generation or two ago, childhood in the United States was understood to be a unique and vulnerable stage of development; a time for play and protection from adult preoccupations and responsibilities. In recent decades however, we appear to have jettisoned these norms, and the lines that separate the lifestyles of even very young children from adults are blurring. As widely known experts on the team that created this book explain, children begin formal education now in preschool, dress like adults, listen to the same music, play the same video games, explore the same Internet sites, and watch explicit depictions of sex and violence on TV and in movies. What is the impact of immersing children in a sexualized world? The Sexualization of Childhood first explains the nature of healthy sexual development. It then describes the ways in which children are being sexualized, and the physical and psychological consequences. It then looks at the lower and lower age at which girls are experiencing puberty, that reduction being fueled by the pseudoestrogens in so many of our foods and products, as well as obesity. Finally, it examines what we can do legally, politically, and as caregivers to protect children from developmentally inappropriate sexual experiences. http://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=D8196C
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Table of Contents:

1 The sexualization of childhood: growing older younger/growing younger older

I. Growing up in a sexualized culture
2 Pornography, lad mags, video games, and boys: reviving the canary in the cultural coal mine
3 A royal juggernaut: the Disney princesses and other commercialized threats to creative play and the path to self-realization for young girls
4 Girls gone grown-up: why are U.S. girls reaching puberty earlier and earlier?
5 Something's happening here: sexual objectification, body image distress, and eating disorders
6 So sexy, so soon: the sexualization of childhood
7 Still on the auction block: the (s)exploitation of black adolescent girls in rap(e) music and hip-hop culture

II. Sexualization and child sexual abuse
8 The sexual exploitation of children and youth: redefining victimization
9 Childified women: how the mainstream porn industry sells child pornography to men
10 Prostitution and the sexualization of children


Only a generation or two ago, childhood in the United States was understood to be a unique and vulnerable stage of development; a time for play and protection from adult preoccupations and responsibilities. In recent decades however, we appear to have jettisoned these norms, and the lines that separate the lifestyles of even very young children from adults are blurring. As widely known experts on the team that created this book explain, children begin formal education now in preschool, dress like adults, listen to the same music, play the same video games, explore the same Internet sites, and watch explicit depictions of sex and violence on TV and in movies. What is the impact of immersing children in a sexualized world? The Sexualization of Childhood first explains the nature of healthy sexual development. It then describes the ways in which children are being sexualized, and the physical and psychological consequences. It then looks at the lower and lower age at which girls are experiencing puberty, that reduction being fueled by the pseudoestrogens in so many of our foods and products, as well as obesity. Finally, it examines what we can do legally, politically, and as caregivers to protect children from developmentally inappropriate sexual experiences.

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