The American Psychological Association (APA) set up a task force to “examine and summarize the best psychological theory, research, and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls via media and other cultural messages”. The report has now been published. However, I note that there were no men on the task force, and apparently no men were invited to comment (according to the document). It seems statistically unlikely to me that all the experts in the field of media effects on children are female.
Abercrombie & Fitch have introduced thongs for ten year old girls. The designs feature the words “eye candy” in a small pink heart. Their company spokesman said: “It’s not appropriate for a 7-year-old, but it is appropriate for a 10-year-old.” He explained that there are a lot of fashionable ten year old girls who are worried about visible panty lines when they wear their skin-tight pants. Prediction for 2003: Tommy Hilfiger crotchless panties; GAP Kids introduces latex line.