ARTICLES: Don’t Sexualize Girls in the Media, Say Experts
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
ATLANTA—Media images sexualizing and dehumanizing girls aren't just bad for girls but bad for business, said leading female business, NGO, and media leaders at the Womenetics Global Leadership Initiative Oct. 4 in Atlanta.
"Changing cultural perceptions of female worth and roles is necessary to bolster the number of women who lead," stated Elisabeth Marchant, president and CEO of Womenetics, in a press release. "This initiative has a proven benefit to corporations and to the next generation of women who will launch careers and provide breakthrough innovations."
Dr. Jean Kilbourne, an early proponent of media literacy, said images that sexualize girls and use female bodies to sell products damage society, are ubiquitous, and should be challenged.