*The Parents Television Council took broadcasters to task specifically, and the culture more generally, for the objectification and sexualization of teen girls they see in much of today’s TV programming.
In a report focused more on raising concerns than pointing fingers at individual offenders, PTC said its primary worry was that those images were “sending the message to today’s young girls that their sexuality is their primary identity and most valued commodity.”
The study analyzed the top 25 scripted programs among viewers aged 12-17, according to Nielsen, for the 2009-2010 season, but only those on primetime broadcast TV, which is what it monitors on a daily basis.
According to PTC, it based its conclusions on 45 episodes of 14 different scripted shows: The Office, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Family Guy, House, Glee, The Cleveland Show, American Dad and The Simpsons.
PTC found that the presence of underage girls was “associated with higher amounts of sexual depictions” compared to adult women. Only one in 20 of those girls “communicated any form of dislike for being sexualized.”
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