Promiscuous Young Girls and the Media's Influence

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    Life coach Paula White (left) advises a young woman who has been leading a promiscuous lifestyle on the Tyra Banks Show.
By Nathan Black, Christian Post Reporter
February 23, 2007|2:25 pm

Internationally renowned author and life coach Paula White appeared on The Tyra Banks Show on Thursday and told a number of young women who are leading promiscuous lifestyles and are proud of it that promiscuity is a serious issue.

The talk show brought in a panel of five young women who drink, party and engage in sexual acts with random people and who were not afraid to talk about their exploits.

Some confessed that they could not even keep track of the names of the men they have been with. One girl said hooking up with guys gave her a sense of power. But “do men really like promiscuous girls?” talk show host Banks asked.

A second panel of five men said that a man cannot take someone leading a promiscuous lifestyle home to meet the family. They agreed that such women were not respected, only used, and that it would be difficult to trust a girl with knowledge of her promiscuous past.

White, one of the most influential Christians in America, helped discover the base of one woman's current behavior. While White explained that each of the girls was suffering from a deep soul wound that was affecting their decision to be so promiscuous, one woman revealed that she had been date raped when she was a virgin and that had manifested into her current lifestyle.

The life coach, also a Tyra Banks Show expert, explained her behavior was a means for making a man feel weak as a form of payback to get back what was taken from her so long ago when she was forced into such a weak state.

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The show "Promiscuous Girls" comes as more studies are pointing the finger at the media when it comes to promiscuous or sexualized behavior among girls. Children are being bombarded by more images of oversexed, underdressed celebrities, according to a recent Newsweek magazine story. A poll by the magazine found that 77 percent of Americans believe that Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have too much influence on young girls.

A study released Monday by the American Psychological Association also found that the "sexualization" of girls in media today have emotional consequences and negative effects in physical and mental health. And a lot of times, the media, which is much more sexually explicit today, does not portray some of the consequences of the sexual behavior of women, Jane D. Brown, co-author of the study, told CNN.

"We're a very screwed up country when it comes to sex," she said.

And today, young girls are more of the media target. "We're sexualizing our children very early now," said Brown.

Negative effects, such as shame, that emerge during adolescence may lead to sexual problems in adulthood, the study reported.

Both Newsweek and the American Psychological Association suggested that parents can play a major role to educate young girls and counterbalance the sexualized culture.

 

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