By Jennifer K. Wesely
It is usually stated that intercourse sells, yet who can pay the cost? Jennifer Wesely probes the resources and outcomes of sexualization in women and girls s lives. providing new insights into a permanent challenge, she files the more and more pervasive and robust nature of raunch tradition and demonstrates how adult females are being sexualized in ways in which are extra severe and harmful than ever ahead of.
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One specific incident that stands out in her memory occurred when her stepmother greeted her father at the airport naked under a fur coat. “I remember always thinking in my head, I always got the impression that sex was what was important to a man. That’s what men wanted. ” Sheila also remembers her father’s cold treatment of her and her interpretation that love and affection were only acquired via sex. She describes, All through my life before this, I would just have sex so I could get affection.
Not a surprise when there is little sex education or guidance distinguishing images from reality or explaining sex, pressure to have sex, contraception, or sexual orientation. The porn image and behavior are consistent with “the message sent by the media to girls that they should always be sexually available, always have sex on their minds, be willing to be dominated and even sexually aggressed against” (Farley 2009, p. 146). Levy (2005) correspondingly documents her conversations with teens in which girls talk about engaging in sex because it helped them fit in rather than because they derived pleasure from it.
Perpetrators also use a range of coercive tactics to maintain the abuse and the silence of the victim, including bribes, threats (to harm or kill the child, a loved one, or cherished pet), or physical aggression (Barnett, Miller-Perrin, & Perrin 2005). It is important to remember, then, that the numbers we do know about the sexual victimization of girls only tell part of the story of the violence they experience. qxd:Brasfield 36 11/4/11 2:39 PM Page 36 Being Female the likelihood that girls will run away and seek early independence.
Being Female: The Continuum of Sexualization by Jennifer K. Wesely