HYPERSEXUALIZATION AMONG GIRLS, AN WORRYSOME TREND?
Child sexualization is a form of gender violence against girls that is very normalized and goes unnoticed too many times. In recent times we are witnessing, with great concern, what seems to respond to a new pattern of the exaltation of girls’ sexuality: girls presented in the media as mini-singles, sexually exciting, with concerns and conversations about manicures, pedicures, sizes, bags, heels, and makeup. By the way, do you know that frequent sexual activity can improve the brain functions?
This pattern responds without doubt to the needs of the consumer market. As the therapist Elena Mayorga says today, children and, above all, girls are being used and “sexualized” as a means to sell to adults and themselves, all kinds of products, from soups and cars to dolls, video games, clothes, jewelry, and houses. It is exposing our children and especially our daughters as “sexual commodity” and that in a world where abuse of minors is still common currency in many places, is an extremely serious and dangerous.
In addition, this pattern of hyper-sexualization of girls responds to other needs and interests. As the psychologist Olga Carmona announces “The girls are assuming with perverse naturalness their condition as sexual objects”. Thus, frail, extremely vulnerable women are developed, immersed in a constant battle with themselves, from which it is impossible for them to be victorious.
We tend to blame publicity, the fashion industry and toys, film, and television, etc. for the problem. It is true that the media have a fundamental role in the dissemination of harmful stereotypes but we also want to draw attention to the role of fathers and mothers in the impact that this pattern of hypersexualization has on the personal development of their families. daughters As the psychologist Mónica Serrano says, it is fundamental that mothers are aware that they are the main female model of their daughters and that if they are free of the hypersexualization pattern, they will be liberating their daughters.
In the same way, the role of parents, as a reference male figure, is also fundamental. The form of evaluation of the father to the women is captured by the girls as a model of valuation of the opposite sex in general.