What Are We Doing to Girls: The Early Sexualization Phenomenon and How Communities Are Responding

This report identifies forces driving early sexualization of girls, from media and marketing to biological and social factors. It describes community-based efforts to combat the phenomenon, including parental education, sex education, adventure and girls empowerment groups, media education and advocacy campaigns. It also examines theoretical underpinnings of these approaches and what evaluations have shown about their effectiveness. What Are We Doing to Girls? establishes the need for a social consensus about issues at stake; ways to identify girls most likely to be harmed by early sexualization; and the development of coherent responses that can work to reduce that harm

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