The sexualization of women

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A year ago I decided to drive across the street from my office for lunch. As a psychotherapist, I meet hundreds of women who struggle with their body image or sexuality. These struggles show up as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, reproductive concerns, parenting issues or relationship crises. And I know firsthand the discomfort of embodying what many people see as unattractive.

The Sexualization of Young Girls and Mental Health Problems

The Sexualization of Young Girls and Mental Health Problems

Sexualization or sexualisation is to make something sexual in character or quality or to become aware of sexuality, [1] [2] 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. Reports have found that sexualization of younger children is becoming increasingly more common in advertisements.

Toxic Culture 101: Understanding the Sexualization of Women

Turn on the TV, walk through the mall, or flip through social media and you will see the hypersexualized landscape that youth are growing up in. Sexualization permeates all levels of society and is linked to three of the most common mental health problems experienced by girls and women: low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders. Sexualization impairs the ability of women and men to establish healthy relationships and is correlated with increased societal tolerance for inequality, sexual harassment and violence against women. The corresponding hypermasculinization of men and boys equally contributes to unhealthy relationships, resulting in difficulties expressing emotions and encouraging tendencies towards violence.
The sexualization of young girls occurs when individuals or when a society explicitly or implicitly demonstrates that a girl's value comes only from her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, or when she is sexually objectified, or when sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon her. Girls are often pressured by society to be more sexually attractive to members of the opposite sex and to wear tighter clothing, post sexier images, act more feminine, and engage in inappropriate behaviors like watching porn or sexting. Boundaries are constantly being pushed by the media and by individuals. We see female celebrities wearing provocative clothing in music videos, on award shows, and on social media. Even if these women are strong role models, the way they dress, pose, and engage in sexually-charged conversations can be very impactful on girls.