Thursday, November 06, 2008
M. Gigi Durham's THE LOLITA EFFECT in Family Circle
Family Circle has just published a lengthy article ("Girls Growing Up Too Fast") on the growing pressure put on young girls -from 7 to 16 - to "look and act hot." Deborah Swaney examines the disturbing trend, from skimpily dressed Bratz dolls to the personal slip-ups of teen idols to sex-tinged television shows. Swaney also quotes M.Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What we Can Do About It: "So why are girls today more precocious than just five years ago? Because a whole other pop culture avalanche has hit. experts say. For starters, we've got tons of teen idols now, including Miley Cyrus (the real-life Hannah Montana) and Demi Lovato, star of the Disney TV movie Camp Rock. Even little kids look up to them,"says M. Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect."