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,




I chose to respond to your post because i strongly agree that the media may influence others into thinking that they have to look or even act in a certain way to be socially accepted. The only thing that i hope people don't confuse this with is that those who are comfortable and confident in their own skin shouldn't have to hide it because of what people may say. Many are comfortable and confident therefore, if they want, they are allowed to show it off in the media. However, with doing so, others should not think that just because one person feels confident in his or her own skin than that means that's what they will have to look like to achieve that same feeling. The problem with the media, is indeed, what you mentioned about photo shop and how making an individual look perfect is unrealistic because nobody is perfect and everyone should embrace the way that they look. Also, I completely agree that advertisements of young girls dressing in adult clothing may be subject to others feeling like doing that will be the only way that they feel accepted in society. Also, we cannot forget about young boys. Many focus their attention on how young girls are being influenced by media advertisements but do not see that this is a crisis that very well affects young boys just as much as young girls. I feel as though this subject should be talked about more in the education system considering that young kids are being raised in a generation that relies on media/the internet.

Thanks for responding to my post!
I quite agree with you. There are many people that are confident enough in their own skin to do modeling and like to show it off. That's great for them I encourage people to be self-assured. Although, what I find is truly oppressing is the fact that there are modifications done for example in modeling pictures for the girl/guy to look "perfect" in the agency's standards. You are also right on the fact that young boys are also being negatively influenced by the media.
What do you think society can do for this to change?

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