Special Reports and Studies

Any national dialogue about the sexualization of young girls in the media must be informed by research: what are girls seeing, and how is it affecting them. To that end, the PTC has created ground-breaking content analyses, examining not only the depictions of sexualized teenage girls on television, but also female victimization. Our examination of what girls are seeing is supported by a growing body of peer-reviewed, psychological research on how these images are affecting girls and young women.

TV's Newest Target: Teen Sexual Exploitation
New research from the Parents Television Council’s “4 Every Girl Campaign” found that underage female characters on primetime broadcast television are more likely to be presented in sexually exploitative scenes than adult women, and the appearance of underage female characters in a sexually exploitative scene increased the probability that the scene would be presented as humorous.

Sexualized Teen Girls: Tinsel Town's New Target
A ground-breaking new Special Report from PTC found that when underage female characters appear on screen: more sexual content is depicted; the teen girls show next to no negative response to being sexualized; more sexual incidents occur outside of any form of a committed relationship; and there is less accuracy in the TV content rating.

Women in Peril: A Look at TV's Disturbing New Storyline Trend
The first study by the PTC to examine female victimization on television found that incidents of violence against women on prime-time broadcast television from 2004 to 2009, and the depiction of teenage girls as victims increased 400%. The study initiated a public dialogue about the role of media in promoting violence, and was cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News and dozens of Internet blogs and news sites.

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