Science Pub Eugene

Date: Jul. 11, 2013 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Who is this for: 21+ (or minor with adult) Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Eugene

Sex in Play: From Dolls to Sports, Sexualized Culture Affects Youth
with Elizabeth Daniels and Aurora Sherman, assistant professors of psychology at OSU-Cascades and OSU respectively

Sex may sell everything from magazines to perfume, but the effects of pervasive sexuality in marketing and consumer products go far beyond the cash register.

In 2007, the American Psychological Association released a report — APA Report on the Sexualization of Girls — on the impacts of media displays of women as sexual objects. It summarized what psychologists know about how exposure to sexualized images harms children and teens — depression, lowered aspirations, eating disorders, lack of assertiveness, unhealthy sexual behavior, dissatisfaction with their own appearance — and offered recommendations to counteract them.

Two psychologists — Aurora Sherman at Oregon State University and Elizabeth Daniels at OSU-Cascades in Bend — are exploring the consequences of sexualization for child development. They suggest that it takes media savvy and strong role models to promote healthy development in the face of what the APA calls “the massive exposure to portrayals that sexualize women and girls and teach girls that women are sexual objects.”



Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! 
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu.