The constant bombardment of sexualized images of young girls is damaging to a young girl’s mental, emotional and moral well-being. Low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders are the leading mental health problems facing girls, and they are linked to sexualized advertisements of girls and women.
Sexualized images teach boys to place appearance and physical attractiveness at the center of women’s value. Sexualized images teach boys to diminish girls and women worth by perpetuating this gross characterization.
The American Psychological Association reports exualization occurs when:
•a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics;
•a person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy;
•a person is sexually objectified — that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use, rather than seen as a person with the capacity for independent action and decision making; and/or
•sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon a person.
All four conditions need not be present; any one is an indication of sexualization. The fourth condition (the inappropriate imposition of sexuality) is especially relevant to children. Anyone (girls, boys, men, women) can be sexualized. But when children are imbued with adult sexuality, it is often imposed upon them rather than chosen by them.
Google Co-founder and CEO describes the perfect search engine that ”understands exactly what you mean and gives you exactly what you want” The company goes on to say when you search for [jaguar] they know you mean the car, not the animal. So by that logic or algorithm Google should know when I type [girl] I don’t mean scantily dressed or topless women engaging in sexually stimulating poses.
Let me help you out Googlegirl
/gɜrl/ Show Spelled [gurl]noun 1. a female child, from birth to full growth. 2. a young, immature woman, especially formerly, an unmarried one. 3. a daughter: My wife and I have two girls. 4. Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a grown woman, especially when referred to familiarly: She’s having the girls over for bridge next week. 5. girlfriend; sweetheart. The only part of the definition Google captured is the Offensive one. I have had difficulty expressing why this search is so grotesque besides the obvious horrendous depiction of girls. Google has become synonymous with information. Millions of people use the search engine everyday. If you don’t know something you “google” it. We are bombarded with misrepresentations on a daily basis, and quite frankly I expected more, these are not images that should ever be associated with [girls] Girls are young, vibrant, intelligent, dynamic, strong, curious, kind, loving beings that soak up information from multiple sources and grow into women. This is what I want reflected when I conduct a search for [girls].
As a leading global search engine Google has enormous influence. Tell them to stop and provide images that truly reflects [girls]!
- Co-founder and CEO of Google
Stop the sexualized images of girls on the search engine.
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