Sexualized Teen Girls: Tinseltown’s New Target (Research)

Posted on September 10, 2013, in Children, Research, Teens

Publication Information

Title: Sexualized Teen Girls: Tinseltown’s New Target A Study of Teen Female Sexualization in Prime-time TV
Publication: Parents Television Council
Author: Parents Television Council
Date: 12/01/2010

The Parents Television Council (PTC) has conducted a study examining teen female sexualization in prime-time TV. The study used sexualization as a mechanism for understanding the proliferation of sexually explicit teen female images in the media. In recent years, the PTC has documented numerous trends of female sexualization. Not only are we observing women becoming more frequently sexualized, the data show a troubling trend in which teen girls are becoming the prime target of the sexualized content. As a follow-up to the female violence report from last year, PTC has elected to examine the sexualization of underage girls in prime-time TV.

As a response to public concern, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2007 report examined and summarized the best psychological theory, research, and clinical experience on the topic. The APA’s study suggests that the sexualization of girls may not only reflect sexist attitudes, a societal tolerance of sexual violence, and the exploitation of girls and women, but may also contribute to these phenomena. The implications of these findings, combined with the lack of research specifically addressing the proliferation and sexualization of underage females, was central to PTC’s commitment to examine and better understand issues that are relevant to this vulnerable yet highly targeted population.


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