Unbelievably, there are critics of the PTC study who claim the watchdog group promotes censorship. But the purpose of this study is to inform parents and communities about the serious risks to our children of such perverse and disrespectful media content.
According to the study, "Past research clearly demonstrates that girls exposed to sexualizing and objectifying media are more likely to experience body dissatisfaction, depression, and lower self-esteem as well as being impacted in their perceptions of virginity and/or their first sexual experience. The current study findings clearly show that the most powerful medium in the world - television - is exacerbating rather than reversing this troubling trend."
Not to mention, PTC found that 75 percent of shows that included sexualized underage female characters did not have an S-descriptor to warn parents of sexual content. No point in looking for help to protect your children from the same skeevy people who put this stuff on our public airwaves.
There's almost nothing more pathetic or sad than seeing a teenage girl who dresses and acts as though her self-worth is determined by her sex appeal. The need or desire to do this isn't a natural part of developing sexuality, but a twisted, media-manufactured distortion of what it means to be a healthy, sexual being.
Parents of teen girls and boys alike must take the time to be informed and talk openly with their children about the barrage of hypersexual media that permeates our culture.
A thoughtful conversation on the subject would be a great gift, indeed.