Sharon Gefen sent along a five-minute SPARK Summit video on the sexualization of women and girls in the media and its effects on young women:
I agree with everything that has been said here and I have seen many posts on this blog showing the same evidence. My question is though how do we change it. It seems to be working in the way that the media wants it to. So how do we change it. The obvious information exists but as a whole it seems that the majority of the population is either ignoring it or really can not see the problem. So I ask because I do not know the answer what do we do?
I really like Laurie Penny's point about sexualization is not the problem, and in fact when we're addressing sexual objectification or even sexual abuse as sexualization it makes it seem as if (female) sexuality itself was the problem.
I'd love to see the male version of this...what messages are men getting about THEIR bodies?
Also, just want to emphasize that it's not just emotional energy young women are expending, it's cold, hard, cash. Imagine what women could do if their money was channeled elsewhere?
I really, really can't stand SPARK- it lumps women and girls together, and completely removes female sexual agency. It posits all female sexuality as a problem, instead of focusing on sexual objectification and the sexualization of young girls
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I'm a bit tired of hearing about eating disorders held up as a major negative impact. The negative impacts are diverse and far deeper than this -- a culture where women are valued for their sexual attractiveness rather than other contributions they may make (intellectual, etc).
If eating disorders didn't occur then would we still be as upset by these depictions? I say: Yes! The eating disorder thing is tangential and only emblematic of the underlying problem!
A focus on eating disorders (by mentioning it first) is difficult to take seriously in a society where overeating is the dominant problem. Tempting as it is to trot it out, I think it's becoming distracting from the larger point about how destructive this sexism is.
Without addressing the merits of their message, I was struck by how much their presentation followed the rhetoric of moral panic.
Increasingly we are seeing more sexualization of male bodies, and perhaps in time the whole objectification thing will balance itself. Currently, imo the discussion focuses too much on how much skin women show (e.g. Erin Gibson’s suggestions for Katy Perry) reinforcing the idea that female bodies are inherently more sexual than male bodies.
We as women have a voice and have the right not be violated by television media, videos and magazines. We need to stop watching, stop buying and giving energy to the entities that make a profit on of our exploitation. We need make men understand we are human beings that deserve to be honored. Every man has a mother yet they would not tolerate their mother to be displayed or exploited this way. Men need to learn we have rights and they have no right to take us for granted or make us feel less then worthy of RESPECT! We need to stand up for ourselves and others to stop this before another woman is violated and the man's justification is the media.....
The more sound bites and scare clips from television are shown in a YouTube video, the more likely the video is to confuse correlation and causation for the sake of the message.
Holy slut shaming batman. "eating disorders, depression, low self esteem, and PROMISCUITY"?????? cancers of society, am i right?? echoing EGhead, sexualization of children is always wrong. sexualization of women isn't.
also I like how this video conveniently hefts responsibility for ALL SEXISM onto the media. its not people who are sexist, it's tv!
I agree this video is very true. I have realized that not only myself but, other girls change themselves and how they would like to look according to the media or someone that they admire on TV. Media will always try and cheat you just so they make more money and you will buy a product of theirs. Girls do have a choice in what they watch or read. Even if you watch something you know isnt real you cant take it to heart and get it in your head to where you start degrading yourself and how you look or appear to others, know that it is all fake. I think any famous person should have their "people" taken away and they should do their own make up style their own hair and see how they look then. Maybe people would like seeing the real side
One thing I noticed in this video and other discussions on what the media does to women: why is overeating not mentioned as an eating disorder? Because fat people are just lazy, greedy pigs? Just as the media's image of what is a perfect woman might make some people starve themselves, it makes others so depressed they give up on even trying to meet society's ideal and turn to food for comfort.
I particularly enjoyed how the video subtly reinforces the idea that homosexual relationships between women are purely a pornographic display for the male gaze. Nice work!
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lol, if you put all your energy into how you look you are a petty, self centered, fool.
It's so sad. Specially when you're reminded of those extremely trashy programs that actually exist !!!
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