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The Sexualization of Young Girls

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The report by the American Psychological Association: "Report of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls" focuses on the media culture and its impact on young American women over a long period of time. As a part of everyday life, for many the connection has not been made between the messages conveyed through media, and the self perception of a young person, in this case young girls. The report found:the APA Task Force on the of Girls

 

Television

 

    * Youth-oriented programs are disproportionately male in focus

 

    * Have a tendency to objectify women.

 

    * Female characters are provocatively dressed and behaviors are coded with leering, ogling, staring, and catcalling at the bodies of female characters.

 

    * Of the 81 programs analyzed, 84% contained one of the following behaviors in order of the most to the least common:

 

     1-Sexist comments (e.g., broad, bimbo, dumb ass chick, toots, fox, babe, blondie).

     2-Verbal sexual objectification of women’s bodies.

     3-Body language – involving sexual harassment i.e. jokes which characterized women as sexual objects.

 

 

Music Videos

 

 

    * 44%–81% of music videos analyzed contain sexual imagery.

 

    * Women dress more provocatively than men

 

    * Are more likely to serve as decorative objects

 

    * Are least likely to play an instrument.

 

    * Women are displayed for sexual readiness.

 

    * Use sexual readiness to cross the threshold from teenager to adulthood, which conveys the message that sexual readiness is a sign of maturity

Music Lyrics

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    * Researchers coded the content of 164 songs from 16 artists popular with teens. Overall, 15% of songs contained sexually degrading lyrics.

 

 

Movies

 

    * "This gross under representation of women and girls in films with family-friendly content reflects a missed opportunity to present a broad spectrum of girls and women in roles that are non-sexualized".

 

 

Cartoons and Animation

 

    * Are not free from the sexual objectification of young girls and women. 

 

    * Female characters increasingly wear sexy costumes that don’t match the characters’, fewer clothes.

 

 

Magazines

 

    * Girls and young women are repeatedly encouraged and given advices on how to look and dress for men, a phenomenon labeled “costuming for seduction."

 

 

Sports Media

 

    * The 2008 Olympics provides a prime example of extensive coverage on sports women in minimal sportswear, which was not reflective of the female participants as a whole.

 

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Video/Computer Games

 

    * Games made for specialized systems and those made for personal computers contain highly sexualized content.

 

Internet

 

    * "The wide popularity of sites like MySpace.com as well as blog centers has encouraged youth, including girls, to describe themselves on the Internet. Some girls have posed in provocative clothing and posted notices of their sexual availability".

Report of the APA Task Force on the f Girls

 

    * A study found that 70% of teens 15–17 years of age had accidentally encountered pornography on the Internet, with 23% saying this happened somewhat or very often.

 

Advertising

 

    * Women tend to be shown in a state of undress.

 

    * "When women are featured as “decorations” in ads (e.g., shown standing seductively next to a car to enhance the image of the car), their major purpose is to be looked at. They are treated as appendages to the product rather than as active consumers or users of the product".

 

    * Female models were placed in sexually exploitive positions "for others’ viewing pleasure".

 

    * Although advertisers are typically careful not to sexualize young girls directly, several advertising techniques do so indirectly:

 

    * "Some girl's/women's magazines includes sexual portrayals of adult women as young girls in advertising (schoolgirl clothing and licking lollipops or popsicles or wearing scaled-up versions of children’s clothing styles like baby doll dresses and tops, and knee socks, all marketed as adult women’s wear"

 

 

Products

 

Certain products can shape individual and societal expectations.

 

 

    * Dollsthat portray characters whose only interest are fashion, music, boys, and image.

 

    * Clothing– An increase in production of “sexy” clothing in child and teen sizes.

 

 

    * Cosmetics-The cosmetics industry targets younger and younger girls. "French perfumeries have introduced perfumes to the market specifically for little girls (e.g. “smellies”). Villeneuve and de Grandi", when perfumery for adults is marketed as a means for sexual attraction.

 

So parents, when that T.V/video recorder/cassette recorder/DVD player is switched on, be mindful that your daughter is not just another pawn in the hands of marketing and the media.  All too often parents say: "They are young", "It will do no harm, "She'll grow out of it!" But when her mind and imagination is receiving subliminal messages on a daily basis, who can make the distinction between, her mind and the mind of the media!

 

 

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Sources:

A.P.A. Report of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls". Last Accessed 12-03-08

 
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 19, 2008 10:53 AM »

This isn't exactly news sadly.  Over the years it's become very rampant throughout different outlets to depict women in a sexual manner and some have been targeting young girls with a lot of force.  There was an uproar in the UK when Playboy started to sell stationery via WHSmith to younger girls, but there were some girls who were very aware of what was going on and protested because they felt upset by it.  However, WHSmith still went ahead and is even currently still supplying Playboy stationery.

Reminds me of a report I did 9yrs ago.  I looked in to the content of video games and how they depicted women, and what I found totally supports the APA findings, though I think things have become more blatant now, with the likes of Grand Theft Auto.  Interestingly enough, when I did mine, one of the Zelda games was released and the tagline was something like 'Will you rescue the girl, or play like one?'  Another can of worms!  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 19, 2008 11:27 AM »

As salaam alaikum.

The kuffar are misguided. Whoever is misguided none can guide except Allah (swt)

Our Ummah need to protect itself from the perverts and perversion of the dunya.

Love Allah, Fear Allah and Hope only in Allah.

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 19, 2008 08:01 PM »


wsalaam,

A lot of people are misguided, including Muslims. For many reasons how 'one looks' has become the #1 self-esteem issue for young girls (and even older girls) in our Ummah as well as outside of it. I am always shocked when I hear 12-13 year old girls talking about dieting and their bodies. There is also a small quiet epidemic of eating disorders among MUSLIMS.

I just think we need to stop thinking that these problems are outside of us, or coming from outside of us and that we need to "protect ourselves from them". We are the problem too and they are inherent to us too. If we are a shallow people, are we going to blame others for it? No, we need to get back to Islam's values on what 'true beauty' is. We have lost the spirituality and the sight of our hearts. I heard someone say once that 'in Allah's house we will be judged by our hearts, but here we are judged by our outside and that's fine'. It's not fine. It's not Islamic values. We need to be emphasizing these things to our daughters, as WELL AS our sons. We need to take part in the larger non-Muslim society to show how this is wrong and join with others who think the same way as well.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 19, 2008 09:56 PM »

As salaam alaikum.

Imam as-Safarinee said:

Know that the guidance has come from narration upon the Prophet to be followed, the best of Men that this Ummah will come to divide into seventy odd beliefs and the right one is that which the Prophet tread and his Companions without corruption and Misguidance And this cannot be taken from any of the sects except Ahlul Athar



A lot of people are misguided, including Muslims. For many reasons how 'one looks' has become the #1 self-esteem issue for young girls (and even older girls) in our Ummah as well as outside of it. I am always shocked when I hear 12-13 year old girls talking about dieting and their bodies. There is also a small quiet epidemic of eating disorders among MUSLIMS.

I just think we need to stop thinking that these problems are outside of us, or coming from outside of us and that we need to "protect ourselves from them".

I am the father of two girls -- by raising them to be respectful of themselves and others; along with mitigating negative influences parents can be made to be successful.

Be a Muslim, raise your kids and Allah knows best.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 20, 2008 02:07 AM »

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good point Jannah. The media in muslim countries does much of the same.
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« Reply #6 on: Dec 20, 2008 06:44 PM »

a quote I got from dailymail:

We live in a society that puts so much emphasis on youth, looks, attractiveness, and weight that we have very few models for womanliness.

Without knowing how to get there, we are suddenly expected to be women and have the wisdom and stature of women. It’s not easy.

Every day we are growing into womanliness.
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 20, 2008 08:16 PM »

Asalamualaikum wrt wb,


All praise be to Allah.


Non-Muslim societies are inundated with the multi-billion dollar sex industry, porn saturated television and internet, strip clubs, legal prostitution, legalized homosexuality.  These are all sicknesses propogated by the West. 

On the other hand, to look beautiful for one's spouse is permissible and encouraged in Islam.


I disagree with you.  The sex industry is not a Muslim problem.  It is a problem of people who disobey Allah and strip off the clothes of girls and women in public places, which is forbidden in Islam.  It needs to be fought head-on as inherently evil.  If people followed Islam, there would be no sex-industry.


About Muslim girls, they should be taught about the hijab, which teaches hiding one's beauty, except from one's spouse and family.  Hijab is not just covering the hair, the scholars say it must fulfill the following conditions:


1.)  Cover the entire body, except the face and hands according to most scholars.

2.)  It should be loose, and flowing, so the form and shape of the body does not show.

3.)  It should be opaque, and non-transparent.

4.)  It should not be a color and design that attacts the attention of the opposite sex.  It does not have to be black.

5.)  A Muslim woman should not go out adorned with makeup, perfume, or speak or act in a flirtateous manner.


These adaab are for the protection of women.  If girls are taught these adaab, along with the reason, that is to make a pure and pious society, free of sexual perversion and fornication, it would help protect them from evil and causing evil to others.


And Allah knows best.


Be merciful to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens will be merciful to you.
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 20, 2008 08:52 PM »

As salaam alaikum.

a quote I got from dailymail:

We live in a society that puts so much emphasis on youth, looks, attractiveness, and weight that we have very few models for womanliness.

Without knowing how to get there, we are suddenly expected to be women and have the wisdom and stature of women. It’s not easy.

Every day we are growing into womanliness.

When did the dailymail become part of the prophetic tradition of our ummah?

Be a Muslim.

What does the quran say? What do the ahadith of Rasoolullah (saws) say? What do our ulema say?
Do the daughters of today's believers know???

That is where a believer goes for guidance -- throw your divisive, anti-islam dailymail in the garbage where it belongs.

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 21, 2008 12:08 AM »

Salaam

I wasn't going to chime in on this one because let's face it Muslims are just as subject - if not more - to these problems.  And all it does it make it danged near impossible for a decent sister to ever get married to anyone unless and until she is willing to advertise herself like a cheap piece of meat in order to be noticed and married - maybe.  Having values and virtue gets one nowhere fast; except in the store buying lots of tissues because she's doing nothing but sobbing her eyes out.

Fa'izah
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 21, 2008 12:47 AM »

As salaam alaikum.


Having values and virtue gets one nowhere fast; except in the store buying lots of tissues because she's doing nothing but sobbing her eyes out.


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Where is your sense of iman? Where is your belief in qadar?

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« Reply #11 on: Dec 21, 2008 02:02 AM »

wsalam,

faizah join the discussion on halfmydeen.org so we can discuss these real issues!!

sexualization of young girls happens in the muslim world as well. they have their superstars 'nancy, haifaa, etc' and their cultural norms. it's a difficult thing to instill self-esteem and self-worth in young girls, when they see everyone in the community putting so much emphasis on the outer, from all the aunties, to the future mother-in-laws to the parents and prospective husbands. in our islamic school i see it every day, how they're so concerned about the outer. probably because our muslim culture is all about outer, starting with our undue emphasis on outer dress, which probably backfires. we need to change this inshaAllah.
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 21, 2008 08:06 AM »

Asalaamu Alaikum


I appreciate the frustration in some people's posts but one has to realise that each one of us may be on different levels when it comes to the level of our faith and the knowledge we carry with it.


We really have to consider if we want to make a point, what forum and what method is best in order to ensure our message is taken aboard constructively (and not dismissively) especially since we may be completely unaware of any particular hardships that a person may be going through.


Sr se7en posted something very eloquently on this in that thread re women in hellfire recently.


A couple of days ago, I removed a post of mine for the first time, I think, since I've been on this board because I believe I may have offended someone's sensibilities. Whilst I still stood for what I wrote and would have been happily prepared to justify it, I felt it would have been counter intuitive to prolong that particular discussion.


Alhamdulillah I really feel we have built a sense of inclusiveness on the board we have today, and inshaAllah, I would encourage everyone to try and maintain that sense of equilibrium.


I think this may be a good time, since I'm going to be away for a while, to ask for everyone's forgiveness if I've ever said anything in my posts over the years which may have caused offence. It certainly would not have been intentional.


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« Reply #13 on: Dec 21, 2008 08:22 AM »

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I think this may be a good time, since I'm going to be away for a while, to ask for everyone's forgiveness if I've ever said anything in my posts over the years which may have caused offence. It certainly would not have been intentional.
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... don't do it bro... don't make us post ur name in the ppl we miss thread Sad

well i think it's a good thing if we know each other well enough to say... 'ok there's no point in arguing this more' because sometimes once u've said your say and the other person has said their say there's nowhere else to go. i know i've done it countless times. perhaps the other person thinks they've won the argument, but to me there's just no point continuing it. perhaps like a good marriage we should know when to move on to other things!!

about frustration, yes we all get frustrated, and we all have different viewpoints. it's fine. as long as... we don't dismiss the other viewpoints as 'haram', 'wrong' etc etc. remember my 'haram floats to the top theory'. everyone has a viewpoint and it's valid even if we think it's 'wrong'. we should engage with people and discuss instead of condemning.

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« Reply #14 on: Dec 21, 2008 01:47 PM »

As salaam alaikum.

These are the images that we should be exposing our daughters to:





Not Hannah Montana, Brats dolls and all the other poop available in pop culture.

Ma'as salaama,
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 21, 2008 04:10 PM »

Asalamualaikum

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Be a Muslim.
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What does the quran say? What do the ahadith of Rasoolullah (saws) say? What do our ulema say?
Do the daughters of today's believers know???

That is where a believer goes for guidance -- throw your divisive, anti-islam dailymail in the garbage where it belongs.

I am sure the Qur'an and sunnah do not allow you to talk the way you just did with  your Muslim sister(where you say 'throw your divisive, anti-islam dailymail in the garabage where it belongs). So maybe it is you who needs to go back and read it.
plus you have failed to say what was so 'anti-islam' about the quote I posted.
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 21, 2008 08:03 PM »

As salaam alaikum.


I am sure the Qur'an and sunnah do not allow you to talk the way you just did with  your Muslim sister(where you say 'throw your divisive, anti-islam dailymail in the garabage where it belongs). So maybe it is you who needs to go back and read it.


Excellent question Blackrose!!!

Here is what our scholars say...


It is forbidden upon every male and female to read publications that call to innovation, to disbelief, to deviancy, and to evil morals. The only exception here is the person who reads this kind of material so that he may refute those who write it, advising them to return to the truth, warning them against persisting in their falsehood.

The Permanent Committee

In another ruling...

A Muslim is not permitted to bring magazines and books that are contrary to Islamic beliefs and that corrupt Islamic precepts and manners into his home. The senior of the house is responsible for himself as well as for his family; the Prophet (saws) said,

"A man is shepherd in his home, and he is responsible for his herd." (Bukhari 893, Muslim 1829)

May Allah send peace and blessings upon Muhammad, his family, and his Companions.

The Permanent Committee



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« Reply #17 on: Dec 21, 2008 10:40 PM »

salam

Nuh you're obviously in england if you despise the dailymail, for the record, the DM is a load of caca, and generally a woman hatin, islam bashing racist rag I wouldn't use as toilet roll.

I suppose one can monitor our childrens media intake up till a certain age and then especially if you live in a non-muslim country they're going to catch up with it.
For the record I hate the Bratz dolls with a passion and would not wilingly allow my girls to play with them, we don't have a TV either, but short of locking your kids up in a dark room, you cannot avoid children becoming aware of the media and its portrayal of women.
I had a rather surprising discussion with my eldest, who informed me in all seriousness that bananas make you fat, and she therefore would not be eating them! I had to break it to her they didn't, they were Allahs food, and Allah would be unhappy if she stopped eating the good food he gave us!

I repeat, we don't have a TV, my girls one have islamic doll between them, and we have role play toys and books lots of books, they do not go anywhere unsupervised without me, and yet we had this discussion!

I think the saddest article I once read, was about some place in the far east, where it was considered beautiful to have a rounded figure, until the country got satelite TV, after which cases of anorexia started appearing!!!


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« Reply #18 on: Dec 21, 2008 11:55 PM »

salaam

I still dont see anything antiislam about the quote I posted.  I didnt know that, thanx Fozia! JazakAllahu kair. I have been getting daily maily for some months and honestly I have not seen anything Islam bashing at all in it.  Infact I have only seen alot of stuff that benefits.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 22, 2008 01:20 AM »


ok I believe we are talking about different things. What I meant was I recieve daily mail from page a day calender.  Anyhow I dont understand why Nuh didnt explain before he just started condenming me.


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