Getting Real : Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls
From advertising and merchandising, to Bratz and Voodoo Dolls, to the Henson affair, Getting Real puts the spotlight on the sexualisation and objectification of girls and women in the media, popular culture and society. Girls are portrayed as sexual at younger ages, pressured to conform to a 'thin, hot, sexy' norm. Clothing, music, magazines, toys and games send girls the message that they are merely the sum of their body parts. The effects of prematurely sexualising girls are borne out in their bodies and minds, with a rise in self-destructive behaviours, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Getting Real brings together writers, advocates and academics, including some of the most vocal critics of the widespread pornification of culture. They call corporations, the media and the sex industry to account for creating this toxic environment. Lively and engaging, this collection is of interest to anyone troubled by what's happening today and those seeking ideas to address and mobilise against the sexualisation of girls.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 135 x 215 x 13mm | 280g
- 01 Apr 2010
- Spinifex Press
- North Melbourne, Australia
- b/w photos
"This book is essential reading for parents, educators, and everyone who wishes to make the world a safer and healthier place for all children." --Jean Kilbourne, EdD, author, "So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood" and "What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids"
About Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra author, commentator and advocate with a special interest in issues affecting women and girls. Her commentary has been published and broadcast widely in Australia and abroad and she is a frequent speaker at girls' schools.