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Young Women, Sexuality, and the Internet

Helena Horton for The F Word blog condemns the culture’s double standard of telling young women to be sexy then vilifying them for being sexual:

Why are we victimising these impressionable young girls? We all know what it is like to be their age, trying to form an identity amongst the mixed messages given to us by our peers, our education and the media. I don’t know why people are surprised by the fact that some girls take on the message that the media gives them: that in order to be worth anything, a girl has to be ‘sexy’.

This isn’t a new idea. None of this is new. But it needs to be reiterated from time to time, because it keeps happening.