Society’s Standards: Causing Girls To Change Themselves

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Recently, the conflict of young girls portraying characteristics of women is increasing. Because of media influences, children are beginning to look and act in ways that mimic the lives of adults; the information they are learning is nowhere near age appropriate for these children. Girls are being taught to focus more on their appearance. They are being taught from a very young age that it is most important to be skinny and look pretty. Girls are learning to treat themselves as objects rather than people, and allowing themselves to be seen as objects, they allow others to treat them that way. One program in particular, “Toddlers and Tiaras,” sexualizes young girls, and produces such thoughts ...view middle of the document...

Them picking up the habits of what they see on TV, thus showing the impact of the show.
Media and Advertisements are also beginning to be made to target young girls. Companies have realized the trend of sexualization of young girls. They have started to make products like thongs for girls from the age of eight and up. There are products like padded bras, thongs, short skirts, belly shirts, and low jeans, and see through shirts; that are sexualizing young girls. And parents are buying the clothing because the commercials that,“ contain visions of sexuality, relationships, and beauty” (Mathais). And because parents nowadays only want the best for their children, markets are making a lot of money on young girls dressing inappropriately for their age. These girls do not understand what they’re doing is wrong because they enjoy the attention aimed at them and because they are dressing the way media tells them to. Medias image is becoming a problem; it has an impact on young girls to wear revealing clothing, to be skinny, and to make them feel as though its essential to fit into the social standard that the media has set. “Eighty percent of 10-year-old girls in the U.S. report they have been on a diet, according to a recent study, "Eating Disorders Today — Not Just a Girl Thing" (Morgan). The study also reported the No. 1 wish for girls from the ages 11-17 is to be thinner.” Girls are beginning to see that they need to dress sexy and revealing to gain attention and become popular. Psychologists from Knox College experimented tests using two paper dolls based on how the child looks at herself and the other of how they want to look like. The way these girls look and perceive themselves are basic and in normal clothing. The second doll of how they want to look like shows much more skin and trying to have a “sexy” look. The reason why is because the more sexy a girl looks, the more attention they receive. These girls use sex appeal so they can be popular (Abbasi). Similarly to...

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