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Exploitation in the Media

What I would like you to do this week is look for and discuss images from the media that desensitize us to the sexual use of girls and normalize and or eroticize violence. The media could be advertisements, magazines, song lyrics, music videos, comic books, video games, television, and movies. You do not have to mention the product or movie, just describe the way that they used the exploitation. Also, keep in mind the advertising that "pushes the envelope" when they have young teens "modeling cloths" or lack of them. This seems to be an issue nation wide.

1. Discuss images from the media that desensitize us to the sexual use of girls and normalize and or eroticize violence.
2. Do you think that this may impact a teens thinking with regards to sexual behavior?

Please provide information, examples and ideas. Thank you.

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1. What I would like you to do this week is look for and discuss images from the media that desensitize us to the sexual use of girls and normalize and or eroticize violence. The media could be advertisements, magazines, song lyrics, music videos, comic books, video games, television, and movies. You do not have to mention the product or movie, just describe the way that they used the exploitation. Also, keep in mind the advertising that "pushes the envelope" when they have young teens "modeling cloths" or lack of them. This seems to be an issue nation wide. Do you think that this may impact a teens thinking with regards to sexual behavior?

a. Celebrities act as role models for youth

Children are being bombarded by more images of oversexed, underdressed celebrities, according to a recent Newsweek magazine story. A poll by the magazine found that 77 percent of Americans believe that Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have too much influence on young girls. (1) For example, when the media kept showing Paris Hilton with her short mini skirt and no under wear, with the camera aimed right at her privates. This is exploiting Paris, but also demonstrating to young girls that this is the way to get attention and that is it okay and "normal" behavior for a young lady.

b. Media exploits sex crimes against children

The article titled How the media exploits sexual crimes is by Lucinda Marshall, a feminist activist and journalist, who has written extensively on the subject in general. For example, according to Marshall, pedophilia is routinely misused by the media. The actual meaning of this word means 'loving children' and to quote ...

Solution Summary

Discusses images from the media that desensitize us to the sexual use of girls and normalize and or eroticize violence. It alos examines how this might impact a teens thinking with regards to sexual behavior. References provided.

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