Body Image – Objectification and Sexualisation

Women’s Forum Australia is deeply concerned that young girls and women are objectified and sexualised. Public images of women heavily focus on women’s sexual features rather than other attributes such as intelligence or work capacity.

Women’s Forum Australia rejects the message sent by media and advertisers – in an attempt to sell products – that women are inferior and flawed.

Women’s Forum Australia encourages women to be critical rather than passive consumers of popular culture – with the ability to accept healthy, positive messages, and reject fake or damaging messages. We exhort each woman to celebrate her own uniqueness and withdraw from conforming to the attractiveness ideal presented by marketers and media.

WF Research

Faking It magazine, Selena Ewing and Melinda Tankard Reist (ed) (please note that 'Faking It' is no longer distributed by Women's Forum Australia)

WF Submissions

Submission to the National Body Image Advisory Group Submission to the National Body Image Advisory Group (938 KB)

National Women's Health Submission National Women's Health Submission (843 KB)

WF Published Articles

Body Image is more than about size Body Image is more than about size (419 KB)

Girls now the sum of their body parts, Melinda Tankard Reist

National strategy on body image doesn't go far enough, Misty de Vries

We Recommend You Read

The Butterfly Effect, Danielle Miller

Girl Stuff, Kaz Cooke

What’s Happening to Our Girls, Maggie Hamilton

Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, Melinda Tankard Reist (ed)

Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

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www.mindmatters.edu.au/default.asp

www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

www.collectiveshout.org

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