The Oversexualization of Our Youth
by kimberlyS on November 3, 2017 - 9:44pm
In this article, Roberts explains on how the youth are socially pressured by mainly the media. He targets mainly young girls since they are most likely to be the victims of oversexualization. The author pointed out that girls nowadays, feel as if they need to be sexually attractive or else, they feel invisible to society. If they don't ressemble the societal standards, it leads them to having for example: eating disorders, low self-esteem or/and depression. The author mentions that advertisements are sending bad messages with for example, the usage of the explicitary pictures of Kim Kardashian. He also underlines that the norms we have today, are quickly becoming an emotional and mental crisis. He supports this by stating: ''90 percent of boys under the age of 18 have seen pornography; about 820,000 teens become pregnant in the U.S. each year; 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted.'' There is also the fact that there are advertisements including young girls and women being oversexualized that is being brought up.
Roberts main stand on this is that not only media but also parents, may be responsible for this societal crisis. He states that what is presented to children, mainly begins at home. Therefore for children not to fall in the trap of social and media pressure, he believes that parents need to teach their children how to be smarter by not following these norms. Roberts emphasizes that skills need to be taught to children by their parental figures, so that they think for themselves instead of society doing it for them. The author encourages parents to talk with their children about how to have a healthy sexuality without following the bad morals that are shown on the internet. Roberts wants the youth to become comfortable dicussing things with their parental figures therefore, we can contribute to healthier future generations.
I am in complete agreement with the author of this article. Yes, the media and peer pressure have a lot to do with the youth making bad decisions, but everything has a root. Meaning, if the parents educate their children from the beginning, to follow what they know best and to not get influenced by things that go against their beliefs/norms, then they have less risks of going on the wrong track. Then again, a parent can repeat over and over not to get influenced and the child can decide to do the opposite of what their guardian says. It all depends on how this child is. To follow, I find it horrible, seeing all these advertisements dressing up young girls with basically, adult clothes. It's as if, media wants children to grow old faster. Why can't they let them enjoy their childhood? Life is short and adulthood will come soon enough for them. Not only that, but by oversexualizing young girls, they will be most likely to develop insecurity problems as they grow older, since they will always feel as if they aren't good enough because they'll be constantly comparing themselves to older women. What I also find irritating, are women showed in ads claiming to have the ''perfect'' body (skinny, big breasts) and perfect face (no blemishes, acne or scars). It's not at all realistic. Girls that see these, automatically think that there's a problem with themselves because they don't look like these models. But what kids/teens dont realize is, that even those models don't look like that in real life because everything is mainly photoshopped. Not only girls, but boys too can feel ''less attractive'' because of this idea in ads that ladies love muscular men. To conclude, societal norms need to change or else, this crisis will only get worst from a generation to the other.
How can we attempt to make a positive societal change for the sake of future generations?
Roberts, Darryl. “A Rallying Cry Against the Oversexualization of Our Youth.” The Daily Beast, The Daily Beast Company, 30 Nov. 2014, www.thedailybeast.com/a-rallying-cry-against-the-oversexualization-of-ou....