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|Read E-pub ó GIRLS GONE SKANK: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture ç Instead Of Advancing Women S Social And Professional Empowerment, Popular Culture Trends Appear To Be Backsliding Into The Blatant Sexual Exploitation Of Women And Girls At Younger And Younger Ages This Study Investigates The Effects Of Mass Marketed Sexual Images And Cultural Trends On The Behaviors And Attitudes Of Young Girls And Describes Many Ways In Which Young Girls Are Increasingly Taught To Go To Outrageous Lengths In Seeking Male Attention Topics Include The Powerful Effects Of Cultural Phenomena Such As Revealing Fashions, Plastic Surgery, And Beauty Pageants In Influencing Teen And Preteen Girls To Willingly Participate In And Promote Their Own Sexualization These Chapters Also Explore Other Cultural Factors Contributing To This Early Sexualization Of Young Girls, Including Absentee Parenting And Material Overindulgence Later Chapters Focus On The Sexual Representations Of Females In The Mass Entertainment Media, Focusing Specifically On How Popular Magazines, Television Programs, Films, And The Internet Prey Upon, Promote, And Reinforce Young Girls Physical And Sexual Insecurities I was really interested in this book because of the topic, but ultimately was very frustrated with it.I can appreciate some of the points the author made, but although she quotes extensively, her sources are questionable For example, Dr Phil and Oprah are cited multiple times and in an academic work that is disappointing She also cites wikipedia and urban dictionary often She never defines skank although she refers to it every other page and comes across extremely judgemental She also makes these snide side comments that were grating especially when her observations were factually inaccurate She also operates in generalities She made it sound like all strippers have been abused and so have porn stars Except for a few, but really most are Her arguments read like this incredibly frustrating and difficult to take seriously She also thinks that its unnatural for a girl older than 10 to call her father, Daddy and suggests that to do so is a serious issue and a sign of immaturity This book had a lot of potential I think the topic is worth exploring but instead of taking broad stabs at everything in our culture including random reality shows and minor celebrities she would have done better doing a case study and accurately researching a couple of things. This is a very poorly written book First of all, the author overuses the word skank without ever operationally defining what skank means It cannot just be assumed that the reader has the same impression of the word as was intended by the author For instance, she refers to a dress as skanky with no other description, telling the reader nothing at all about the dress Operationally defining skank is also vitally important because it is such a demeaning term If Oppliger had used the term ironically, it would have been one thing However, the term itself sexualizes women, which is ironic considering this seems to be what she wants to speak out against.Also, on page nine, she refers to a period of both sexual liberalism conservatism as a schizophrenic time It s clear that Oppliger has little to no knowledge of basic psychology, because if she did, she would have realized that this makes no sense If she had said bipolar, it at least would have been a logical comparison, though still an unprofessional way to present the information. For the most part, I thought this book was really informative and she covered a good range of topics in popular culture that contribute to the trend of raunch culture Ariel Levy has written about I just wish she had analyzed to a greater extent rather than just listing the examples in each chapter and then briefly interpreting them at the end As dense with information as the book was I always felt she could ve gone deeper with the subject matter Despite this, it s definitely a solid introduction to a reader who is unaware of the extent to which young women and girls are sexualized and objectified in nearly every aspect of our culture or who is new to the women and gender studies discipline On the flip side, for the feminist minded, seasoned women s studies crowd that is most likely to be the core readership of this book, I don t think there is anything too new discussed