Girls Gone Skank

Author: Patrice A. Oppliger
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786486503
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"This work argues that instead of advancing women's social and professional empowerment, popular culture trends in the U.S. appear to be backsliding into the blatant sexual exploitation of women at younger and younger ages. The author describes many ways in which young girls are increasingly taught to go to outrageous lengths in seeking male attention"--Provided by publisher.

Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture

Author: Patrice A. Oppliger
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602468
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The numerous anti-bullying programs in schools across the United States have done little to reduce the number of reported bullying instances. One reason for this is that little attention has been paid to the role of the media and popular culture in adolescents' bullying and mean-girl behavior. This book addresses media role models in television, film, picture books, and the Internet in the realm of bullying and relational aggression. It highlights portrayals with unproductive strategies that lead to poor resolutions or no resolution at all. Young viewers may learn ineffective, even dangerous, ways of handling aggressive situations. Victims may feel discouraged when they are unable to handle the situation as easily as in media portrayals. They may also feel their experiences are trivialized by comic portrayals. Entertainment programming, aimed particularly at adolescents, often portray adults as incompetent or uncaring and include mean-spirited teasing. In addition, overuse of the term "bully" and defining all bad behavior as "bullying" may dilute the term and trivialize the problem.

Wrestling and Hypermasculinity

Author: Patrice A. Oppliger
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786416920
Format: PDF
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Professional wrestling revels in its exaggeration of masculinity. This hyper-masculinity is evident in the physical appearance of wrestlers, the sexuality-charged and violent moves used in and out of the ring, the role assigned to women and the extensive use of weapons such as chains, barbed wire and steel folding chairs. This study explores the link between watching televised wrestling matches and increases in verbal aggression, rebellion and propensity toward violence and retaliation. Wrestling is placed within the larger context of popular culture and other hyper-masculine entertainment. The book begins with a brief history of professional wrestling, a summary of the criticisms of the sport, and a discussion of the author's research methods. One chapter discusses how gender socialization plays a part in the effects of wrestling on its viewers, arguing that wrestling goes beyond the image of physically violent acts to models of interpersonal behavior. The expansion of wrestling into storylines outside the ring includes problem situations involving class, race, homophobia and nationality, to which violence is often presented as a solution. The book concludes with an investigation of the attractiveness of wrestling and its ability to lure fans back year after year.

Children Sexuality and Sexualization

Author: Jessica Ringrose
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137353392
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This volume presents a ground-breaking collection of interdisciplinary chapters from international scholars which complicate, and offers new ways to make sense of, children's sexual cultures across complex political, social and cultural terrains.

Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

Author: Mary A. Kassian
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 157567551X
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Inundated by popular culture, many women have lost their bearings and no longer trust the internal compass that intuitively affirms those things that are good, true, and noble about womanhood. As Jesus’ favorite and most powerful teaching tactic was the parable, it is appropriate that Mary Kassian walks the reader through the compelling tale of the wild versus wise woman found in Proverbs 7. By using 20 points of contrast, she helps readers discern wild from wise, saucy from biblically savvy, and more. Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild will captivate, convict, and challenge women to become decreasingly worldly and increasingly godly, and it will equip them with truth for that journey. Includes questions for personal reflection at the end of each chapter

Postfeminist Digital Cultures

Author: Amy Shields Dobson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137404205
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This book explores the controversial social media practices engaged in by girls and young women, including sexual self-representations on social network sites, sexting, and self-harm vlogs. Informed by feminist media and cultural studies, Dobson delves beyond alarmist accounts to ask what it is we really fear about these practices.

Media and the Sexualization of Childhood

Author: Barrie Gunter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131768401X
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Media and the Sexualization of Childhood examines the on-going debates surrounding the prominence of sexual themes in children’s lives, from clothes and accessories, toys and games, to music, entertainment media, advertising, and new media platforms. Parents, educators and politicians around the developed world have raised concerns about the effects all these experiences can have on the socialisation and psychological development of children and the extent to which the premature introduction of sexuality into their lives can place them at risk of unwanted attention. This book explores these issues using an evidence based approach that draws on research findings from around the world, representing the most comprehensive single account of the field. The book will be invaluable to students studying topics surrounding children and the media and childhood studies, as well as students of communication, media, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and health science.

Girls Without Limits

Author: Lisa Hinkelman
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483302865
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"You just don't understand!" Today's girls agree: adults don't "get" what's going on in their lives. Friendship drama, self-image, grades, dating, fear of failure—these pressures impose limits. More than ever, girls need adults who will be a positive force in their lives. This book's research, real-life stories, and action strategies will help you: Understand the unique challenges girls face—social pressure, body image, boy trouble, academics, and career choices Help girls develop skills and competencies to deal with these challenges Empower girls to confront negative societal expectations and make healthy, positive decisions

Handbook of Girls and Women s Psychological Health

Author: Judith Worell
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 019516203X
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"This Handbook underscores the importance of gender in the lives of girls and women developmentally across significant phases of the life span. Considering the importance of cultural context, this book illustrates how gender socialization in female development and behavior affects self-evaluation, identity processes, and the social roles that girls and women adopt. Its chapters illustrate how externally induced risks such as poverty, discrimination, and violence present challenges to healthy development. Significantly, the chapters also draw attention to long overlooked and compelling strengths and capacities that provide a firm basis for growth and health."--BOOK JACKET.

Packaging Girlhood

Author: Sharon Lamb, Ed.D.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429906326
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The stereotype-laden message, delivered through clothes, music, books, and TV, is essentially a continuous plea for girls to put their energies into beauty products, shopping, fashion, and boys. This constant marketing, cheapening of relationships, absence of good women role models, and stereotyping and sexualization of girls is something that parents need to first understand before they can take action. Lamb and Brown teach parents how to understand these influences, give them guidance on how to talk to their daughters about these negative images, and provide the tools to help girls make positive choices about the way they are in the world. In the tradition of books like Reviving Ophelia, Odd Girl Out, Queen Bees and Wannabees that examine the world of girls, this book promises to not only spark debate but help parents to help their daughters.