Prominent Australian author and speaker Melinda Tankard Reist recently published a collection of essays on the topics of the sexualisation of girls in Australia. This important book features articles from author Steve Biddulph, Playschool presenter Noni Hazlehurst and Generation Next speaker Julie Gale. We strongly recommend this book and invite you to leave your comments and opinions.

Getting Real
Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls
Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist
PB / $34.95 / ISBN 9781876756758

Getting Real puts the spotlight on a critical issue of international concern: the sexualisation and objectification of girls and women in the media, popular culture and society more broadly. Girls and young women are growing up in an increasingly sexualised environment. Girls are portrayed as sexual at younger ages, pressured to conform to a ‘thin, hot, sexy’ norm. Clothing, music, magazines, toys and games send girls the message that they are merely the sum of their body parts. The effects of prematurely sexualising girls are borne out in their bodies and minds, with a rise in self-destructive behaviours such as eating disorders and self-harm, along with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Getting Real brings together for the first time some of the most vocal critics of the widespread pornification of culture. Academics, psychologists, authors and activists, they call corporations, the media and the sex industry to account for creating this toxic environment.

Contributors: Tania Andrusiak, Steve Biddulph, Abigail Bray, Selena Ewing, Melissa Farley, Julie Gale, Maggie Hamilton, Noni Hazlehurst, Clive Hamilton, Renate Klein, Betty McLellan, Louise Newman, Emma Rush, Melinda Tankard Reist and Lauren Rosewarne.

Released in September, it is now in its second print run!

Getting Real can be purchased online at Spinifex Press.