The American Psychiatric Association reports that sexualizing girls at an early age is harmful
Researchers report sexualized images negatively affected girls in three main areas of their lives. The first is cognitive and emotional consequences, which resulted in self-image problems, like shame and anxiety. Secondly, researchers found the sexualized images caused mental and physical health problems, which sometimes lead to depression and eating disorders. Third, researchers report sexualized imagery in the media has a negative effect on sexual development, causing an inability to create a healthy sexual self-image.
The APA missed a crucial fourth consequence: injury to girls' ability to form relationships with boys.
A sexually charged atmosphere during childhood delivers a double whammy. First, children in such circumstances are apt to spend less time engaged in one of the most critical lessons of life: forging peer friendships with the opposite sex. Second, sexuality is presented in an unhealthy light, as something that doesn't require marriage - or even peer friendship - to be good for you.
Mona Charen has commentary.