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The sexualization of childhood

Author: Sharna Olfman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2009.
Series: Childhood in America.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Only a generation or two ago, childhood in the United States was understood to be a unique and vulnerable stage of development; a time for play and protection from adult preoccupations and responsibilities. In recent decades however, we appear to have jettisoned these norms, and the lines that separate the lifestyles of even very young children from adults are blurring. As widely known experts on the team that  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sharna Olfman
ISBN: 9780275999858 0275999858
OCLC Number: 233173189
Description: viii, 213 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The sexualization of childhood: growing older younger/growing younger older / Sharna Olfman --
Growing up in a sexualized culture --
Pornography, lad mags, video games, and boys: reviving the canary in the cultural coal mine / Matthew B. Ezzell --
A royal juggernaut: the Disney princesses and other commercialized threats to creative play and the path to self-realization for young girls / Susan Linn --
Girls gone grown-up: why are U.S. girls reaching puberty earlier and earlier? / Sandra Steingraber --
Something's happening here: sexual objectification, body image distress, and eating disorders / Margo Maine --
So sexy, so soon: the sexualization of childhood / Diane E. Levin --
Still on the auction block: the (s)exploitation of black adolescent girls in rap(e) music and hip-hop culture / Carolyn M. West --
Sexualization and child sexual abuse --
The sexual exploitation of children and youth: redefining victimization / Sharon W. Cooper --
Childified women: how the mainstream porn industry sells child pornography to men / Gail Dines --
Prostitution and the sexualization of children / Melissa Farley.
Series Title: Childhood in America.
Responsibility: edited by Sharna Olfman.
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What is the impact of immersing children in a sexualized world? This work explains the nature of healthy sexual development. It explores the ways in which children are being sexualized, and the  Read more...

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"All of the chapters are clearly written and heavily referenced. A valuable addition to the 'Childhood in America' series, which Olfman edits... Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates Read more...

 
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