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New Resource: Land of a Gazillion Adoptees Blog and Podcasts

I was so excited to find this today–such a wealth of perspectives on international adoption. I can’t wait to listen to all the podcasts and read all the posts. The site is the project of Kevin Ost-Vollmers, who describes himself as “a thirty-something Korean adoptee who is currently enjoying all that comes with being a stay-at-home father.” Check it out!

USC Annenberg study: Hollywood hooked on sexualizing women and teen girls [USC Annenburg News]

Perhaps most troubling were the findings about young teen characters. Professor Smith and her research team of undergraduate students found the same prevalence of sexually revealing clothing and partial nudity in female characters in all age groups from 13 to 39. In fact, 13- to 20-year-olds were just as likely as 21- to 29-year-olds to be depicted that way.

The survey found 33.8 percent of female teen characters were seen in sexy clothing, and 28.2 percent were shown with exposed skin in the cleavage, midriff or upper thigh regions. For male teen characters, the numbers were drastically lower — 5.3 percent shown in sexy clothing and 11.2 percent showing skin.

Sexualizing a significant portion of women this age may contribute to males viewing girls and women as “eye candy” at younger and younger ages, Smith said.

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