Summer is just around the corner and many teenagers are already thinking about surf, sand and summer holidays. For a growing number of teenage girls this means waxing unwanted hair from their legs and underarms.

However there is now a growing trend for girls to also have Brazilian waxes. According to experts there are 2 major reasons for this; the increased pressure on young girls to look ‘hot’ at the beach and the attitudes of their boyfriends.

All this is leading to the ‘pornification’ of teenage girls says child protection advocate and Bravehearts founder, Hetty Johnston. She said the trend was “scary” and called for legislation to stop it.

Ms Johnston stress that it was impossible to not make the connection between young girls getting Brazilians and the increased sexualisation of children.

Ms Johnston said “Everything they are watching, seeing, doing is about sex. They’re growing up in an R-rated society.” It is becoming very difficult for young people to be immune to the constant barrage of images around them.

Thanks to the internet teenage boys are now seeing pornography on a regular basis. An estimated 84% of teen age boys have accessed and downloaded porn on the internet. As a result some teenage boys are pressuring their girlfriends into looking and acting like porn stars.

A recent paper The Social Costs of Pornography reported that “children and adolescents use pornography to coerce each other into sexual behaviour. One therapist reports, ‘I am also witnessing more female adolescents tolerating emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in dating relationships, feeling pressure to make out with females as a way to turn guys on, looking at or producing pornography so that their boyfriends will think they are open-minded and cool, and normalizing sexual abuse done to them because they see the same acts eroticized in pornography.”

The study found 3 key outcomes which result in being exposed to a pornified culture:

  • The need for more bizarre material to achieve the same level of arousal or interest, especially for boys
  • An increased risk of developing a negative body image and submitting to extreme sexual behaviour, especially for women, and
  • An acceptance of promiscuity as a normal state of interaction.

Author and Generation Next speaker Melinda Tankard-Reist confirmed that the ‘pornification’of youth culture was having a diabolical effect on young girls’ body image.

“Their boyfriends are putting pressure on them to have the pre-pubescent porn star look. They’ve come to despise their natural bodies,” she said.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha
Source: The Sunday Mail