More coverage for student-faculty “sexy kids” research

From: National Review Online

Earlier this month, Knox College psychologists Gail Ferguson and Christy Starr released troubling findings showing that girls as young as age six view themselves as sexual objects. The new study is the first to identify self-sexualization in young girls. The study, published online July 6 in the journal Sex Roles, used two differently dressed paper dolls, one dressed provocatively and the other in normal attire. When asked which doll the young girls wanted to look like, 68 percent of the girls indicated the provocatively dressed doll; 72 percent indicated that the sexy doll “was more popular than the non-sexy doll.” …

Lead researcher Christy Starr said of the results that, “it’s very possible that girls wanted to look like the sexy doll because they believe sexiness leads to popularity, which comes with many social advantages.”… Read more… Also covered by Medical Daily, WorldNet Daily, and the Daily Mail of London.