Sexualization of Little Girls in the Media

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  • Topic: Beauty contest, Child beauty pageant, Undergarment
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  • Published : March 25, 2013
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Does the Media Sexualize Little Girls?
Many different articles and essays use statistics to back up their claims but you is to say if they are accurate or not? In “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect” by Stephanie Hanes and “Toddlers in Tiaras” by Skip Hollandsworth they use many different statistics to back up their claims that the media is sexualizing little girls and that it is a problem for themselves and society. Even though they shock you with their disturbing statistics you wouldn’t know if they were correct without some further research.

The statistic that I chose to research in “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect” by Stephanie Hanes was that, “The marketing group NPD Fashionworld reported in 2003 that more than $1.6 million is spent annually on thong underwear for 7- to 12-year-olds.” What I found left me confused but didn’t necessarily prove the statistic wrong. When I researched the statistic the only places I could find this statistic were on websites or blogs using from statistic “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect.” NPD Fashionworld may have very well done the research to back up their claims but I could not find any other companies or researchers doing the same study. I would say that the research is not very credible because of one major thing; there are no other sets of data to compare it to.

The statistic that I chose from “Toddlers in Tiaras” by Skip Hollandsworth was that, “A small study published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, that involved 22 women, half of whom had participated in child beauty pageants, concluded that there were “no significant differences” between the two groups on measures of bulimia, body perception, depression, and self-esteem. But it did find that the former beauty pageant girls scored significantly higher on “body dissatisfaction, interpersonal distrust, and impulse dysregulation [an ability to resist performing...
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