Event Title

Young Female Sexualization in the Media

Location

Allegheny B, Hotel Madison, JMU

Start Date

4-5-2019 5:10 PM

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Scholarship on the depiction of female adolescents in the media largely says that they are objectified, hyper-sexualized, and utilized as spectacles for the public; but, scholars have yet to consider the sexualization that girls do to themselves in forms of “body-positivity” and “self-love” movements. This research addresses this gap in the literature by analyzing the social media posts of a 19-year-old Instagram Model utilizing the feminist media scholar method. This research project will be employing the following questions to explore this female adolescent dichotomy is: 1.) Does the media encourage promiscuity of female adolescents or the protection of female adolescents' sexuality? and 2.) At which point does bodily acceptance become a form of self-sexualization rather than representation of self-confidence?” Despite the empowering nature of today’s culture, “body-positivity” becomes a form of self-objectification due to the misconstrued depictions of what should entail in body acceptance.

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Apr 5th, 5:10 PM

Young Female Sexualization in the Media

Allegheny B, Hotel Madison, JMU

Scholarship on the depiction of female adolescents in the media largely says that they are objectified, hyper-sexualized, and utilized as spectacles for the public; but, scholars have yet to consider the sexualization that girls do to themselves in forms of “body-positivity” and “self-love” movements. This research addresses this gap in the literature by analyzing the social media posts of a 19-year-old Instagram Model utilizing the feminist media scholar method. This research project will be employing the following questions to explore this female adolescent dichotomy is: 1.) Does the media encourage promiscuity of female adolescents or the protection of female adolescents' sexuality? and 2.) At which point does bodily acceptance become a form of self-sexualization rather than representation of self-confidence?” Despite the empowering nature of today’s culture, “body-positivity” becomes a form of self-objectification due to the misconstrued depictions of what should entail in body acceptance.