Journal article

Cute Little Things: The Objectification of Prepubescent Girls

Elise Holland, Nick Haslam

PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN QUARTERLY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

In two studies, we examined the impact of sexualization of prepubescent girls on college students’ perceptions of girls’ mental capacity and moral standing. Previous research has shown that women depicted in sexualized and other body-focused ways are perceived as lacking mental capacities and moral standing; these perceptions reduce concern about them when they are victimized. However, no other research to date has examined whether the same effects hold for young girls. Study 1 demonstrated that college students attributed lower mental capacity and lower moral status to girls dressed in revealing attire in the same way, and to the same degree, as they viewed sexually mature women. In Study 2..

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