The sexualization of girls: Is the popular culture harming kids?
Sexualization or sexualisation is to make something sexual in character or quality, or to become aware of sexuality,   especially in relation to men and women. Sexualization is linked to sexual objectification. According to the American Psychological Association , sexualization occurs when "individuals are regarded as sex objects and evaluated in terms of their physical characteristics and sexiness. In addition, a narrow and unrealistic standard of physical beauty is heavily emphasized. These are the models of femininity presented for young girls to study and emulate. In the eyes of men, women that practice this behavior serve the pure purpose of providing satisfaction and showcasing their human nature.
The sexualization of girls: Is the popular culture harming our kids?
I was first scouted at the age of 14 by one of the world's most prestigious model agencies. I was told that my life had now changed and had to be perfect: bikini waxes, leg waxes, lots of water, perfect skin and having to stay slim were all on the agenda. I had just about started my period by then. When I put on seven pounds to become a whopping seven and a half stone, it was commented on before I'd made it halfway through the office. I did my first topless shoot a year later for a well-known photographer, and they were photographs that oozed sex.
Increasing concerns about the sexualisation of girls in the media has prompted a new report addressing the issue, providing parents and their daughters with tips on how to counteract its influence. The APA notes that parents, teachers and peers may also contribute to the sexualisation of girls — for instance by conveying the message that "maintaining an attractive physical appearance is the most important goal. What impact do these messages have on girls' wellbeing? The report highlights that sexualisation has detrimental consequences across a number of different domains. Research has linked sexualisation to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression or depressed mood.