Protecting Your Little Girl From Our Child Sexualizing Culture

In my opinion, the extreme sexualization of little girls that we see in our culture is a form of psychological violation. It’s also another expression of our growing cultural hostility toward innocence and the idea that any sort of sexuality is ok, no matter who it victimizes.

Adults who find this entertaining are perverse, to say the least. One of the most important things parents of little girls can do is to shield them from this childhood-stealing perversity.

A new campaign by The Parents Television Council offers parents help in the work of protecting their little girls so that they can grow up to be strong, emotionally-healthy women. Read more about it in this article from the Baptist Press.

NASHVILLE (BP) — A new campaign called “4 Every Girl” has been launched by the Parents Television Council to combat the sexualization of girls in American culture.

In recent years, PTC research has documented troubling trends on primetime television in which underage girls are more likely to be sexualized than adults, Tim Winters, PTC’s president, said.

“There is a dramatic rise in the number of teenaged girls who are depicted as victims of violence — especially sexual violence,” Winters said in a news release. “Frankly we’re tired of reporting such depressing data and we want to help do something about it.”

The goal of the 4 Every Girl campaign, online at, is “a sharp and swift reversal” of those statistics by advocating for a media environment in which girls are honored, valued and represented by healthy, respectful images, PTC said in October.

“According to the American Psychological Association, the three most common mental health problems for girls — eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem — are linked to the sexualization of girls and women in media,” Winters said. “We hope 4 Every Girl will bring increased awareness and concern and a new light to the work of other organizations in the fight for healthier media images of young girls.”
(Read more here.)

  • Sus

    Rebecca, I share your opinion. This is exactly why I’m so uptight about TV and the internet with my kids. I do not let them watch TV unless I know exactly what they are watching. However, we get caught even with the restrictions. Watching football and golf is big in this house. Some of the commercials are just awful.

    Trying to buy fashionable and affordable clothes for girls past the size 6x can be very challenging. My girls sometimes joke that they dress “Amish” compared to their peers at school. That’s exaggerating our situation, but I do see where they are coming from.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I know Sus. We have to be counter-cultural to protect our children. To protect little girls, we have to go in the face of an aggressive cultural attitude that wants to condition them from an early age to see themselves as sexual things instead of people.

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  • Kathryn Ferrell

    I agree. We find it hard to watch “family” movies on TV or sporting events because the commercials are horrible. We’ve found that the only way to watch a program on TV with our children is to record it and watch it later-when we can skip all of the commercials. The clothing is also an issue. My 6-year-old daughter now wears a size 7 girls and it is very difficult to find clothes appropriate for her age. It was bad enough when she moved out of the toddler sizes! Protecting the innocence of my daughters is a daily concern for me-and that’s a sad reflection of the present culture.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      It certainly is Kathryn; more than sad, it’s twisted.

  • Jessica Hoff

    Good link, Rebecca. Our so-called culture seems saturated with sexualised images of young women. It is not surprising so many of us have ‘issues’ about body image and the like, and that is before you even get to the appalling morals foisted on us by the media.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      This sexualized way of looking at women creates the body image problem. The appalling morals end up sexualizing women further. There’s no way to win with misogyny, except not to play.

  • Imelda

    How true. I am quite saddened when I see little girls being made up like adults; or, little girls wearing skimpy clothing because the elders think that the clothes are cute. What the adults don’t know is that they train the child early on to look at herself merely on the physical level – and worse, on whether her body is attractive to the other gender. I hope that the initiative to help young girls succeed. I think that if the female mindset is changed, the male mindset will follow.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Very true Imelda.