Treating girls like sexual objects should be discouraged


Jan 26 2017 - 6:05am
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Researchers have observed there is a direct association between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression directed towards them. An awareness of this problem should lead to aggressive initiatives to discourage treating girls as if they are sexual objects.

Our society has become increasingly violent in recent years and much of this violence has been directed against young girls. In efforts to curtail the violence which young girls are being more frequently victimized by it is important to understand that a root cause of this problem is the sexual objectification of girls.

There is a direct association between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression which is directed at them

It has been reported by University of Kent that there is a direct association between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression which is directed at them. Research which was done by psychologists at the University of Kent, which studied youth members of gangs and young people with no gang affiliation, offered us the first evidence that there is an association between the objectification of young girls and non-sexual aggression which they are victimized by.

Higher levels of objectification served as significant predictors of aggression directed towards girls

It was observed by Dr Eduardo Vasquez and his colleagues at the University's School of Psychology, along with a previous student, that higher levels of objectification served as significant predictors of aggression directed towards girls. It has been previously observed that there are negative outcomes linked to dealing with girls as sexual objects.

There is a positive association between sexual objectification and aggression directed towards girls with watching television and playing video games which are violent

Now it appears this also evokes aggression against girls. It was also established by the researchers that there is a positive association between sexual objectification and aggression directed towards girls with watching television and playing video games which are violent.

This study included 273 participants who were between the ages of 12 to 16 years old from a secondary school in located in London. This school is located in an area which has been experiencing problems due to gangs and delinquency. The finding that there is a manifestation of an objectification-aggression association as early as the teen years has lead to the consideration that the negative effects of perceiving of females as objects begins at an early stage during development.

There is potential for this objectification-aggression association to be further reinforced and strengthened as the years progress

There appears to be the potential for this objectification-aggression association to be further reinforced and strengthened as the years progress therefore making the negative behavior linked to this harder to change. It has also been suggested that violent video games and a sexist media present us with the possible risk of increasing anti-social acts directed towards girls. These and other factors which might allow objectification to influence children should be addressed.

The research has been published in the journal Psychology, Crime, and Law. It has become apparent sexual objectification is associated with a myriad of negative attitudes and outcomes. These negative outcomes include rape and a lower concern for the objectified, which has suggested that objectification of girls has implications for associated aggression.

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