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New Book by CC Professor: "The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood"

For the past several years, child advocates, parents, and educators have expressed concern over the sexualization of girls. Has the cultural sexual objectification of girls and women increased? Are younger and younger girls sold a "sexed-up" version of femininity, and are adult women sold a girlish sexuality?

CC Psychology Professor Tomi-Ann Roberts's new book, "The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences, and Resistance," brings a much-needed academic voice to the conversation. The book includes the best empirical research, theory, and practice stemming from the report of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls.

"Clearly there is cultural concern about the sexualization of girls these days. But so much of the treatment of this problem in the popular press has been sensational and anecdotal, even reinforcing their sexualization," says Roberts, who served on the APA's task force. "I firmly believe that changing how we treat girls and how girls come to view and treat themselves is good for all of us."

Contributors discuss evidence for this phenomenon from media and marketing, to interpersonal interaction, to girls' own efforts to fashion themselves after sexualized role models around them.

The book, which Roberts co-edited with Eileen L. Zurbriggen of University of California, Santa Cruz, not only documents the scope of the problem and its consequences for girls' well-being, but also provides positive alternatives and suggestions for resistance. Published by Oxford University Press.

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