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An absolutely invaluable addition to women's studies shelves 24 May 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls is an anthology of essays by learned authors challenging the way in which modern-day culture - from television and magazines to internet sites, and sometimes even news sources - applies an unhealthy level of sexualization upon children at a young age, in essence denying them the opportunity to be children while making them vulnerable to physical and psychological harm. Young girls are the most at risk in a society rife with child beauty pageants, dolls that hype skimpy clothing, and worse, but young boys are also endangered, physically and psychologically, by a society that neglects to take female sexual predators who target boys in junior high seriously. The costs of premature sexualization of children range from anorexia and other forms of self-harm to teenage pregnancy and lasting psychological obstacles to forming stable, healthy relationships. Individual essays address critical points regarding this issue, including "Good Is the New Bad: Rethinking Sexual Freedom", "Sex on the Street: Outdoor Advertising and the Sexual Harassment of Women", "The Harmful Medicalization of Sexualized Girls" and more. An absolutely invaluable addition to women's studies shelves, and an extremely salient resource in today's world, where children grow up in an increasingly sex-saturated popular culture. Highly recommended.
Could there be more self referencing in this book? 4 Aug. 2014
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
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Limited credible evidence supports Tankard Reist's theories in her book "Getting Real" and much of what she references is self referencing which is such a low form supporting one's argument. Although what she says has credibility anecdotally, I thought this book might actually present real evidence in order to support much of her theories. Unfortunately there was just no evidence in order to support what she said. The exception for this was the chapter on advertising and sexualisation of women and a few other subjects but most of these had already a large amount of data on them (eating disorders, self harm, etc.) Although an engaging presenter, what Tankard Reist fails to explain is what we can DO to support girls in this fragile period of growth, instead of scaremongering, I would like to read a little more on her thoughts of what we should be doing to support girls in this period of their lives.
Five Stars 14 July 2014
By Samantha Millar - Published on Amazon.com
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A sobering and necessary read
a confronting read 18 April 2012
By Rachael j Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended by a friend, and I must say it is a fantastic book. The book is well researched and has many scholarly references.
It is shocking to find how much sexualisation of children is around, prominent in our culture.

This book is a must for all parents, especially parents of girls
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