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Sexual Object or Sexual Subject: Media Use, Self-Sexualization, and Sexual Agency Among Emerging Adult Women

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Objectification theorists argue that repeated exposure to sexually objectifying media content will lead to higher levels of self-objectification, which negatively affect women’s well-being. Although consequences related to women’s sexual functioning and sexual agency are proposed, efforts to test these connections have been infrequent and inconsistent. We therefore used structural equation modeling to test connections between exposure to three media genres (women’s magazines, reality TV, and situation comedies), self-sexualization, and four dimensions of sexual agency among 754 undergraduate women. Findings confirmed our expectations. More frequent consumption of women’s magazines, lifestyle reality TV programs, and situation comedies each predicted greater self-sexualization, which in turn predicted greater use of alcohol to feel sexy, less condom use self-efficacy, and more negative sexual affect. Implications for objectification theories and for measures of women’s media use and sexual functioning are discussed.
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Ward, Lucretia., Seabrook, Rita., Grower, Petal. and Giaccardi, Soraya. "Sexual Object or Sexual Subject: Media Use, Self-Sexualization, and Sexual Agency Among Emerging Adult Women" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 67th Annual Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, USA, May 25, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-01-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1233213_index.html>

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Ward, L. M., Seabrook, R. , Grower, P. and Giaccardi, S. , 2017-05-25 "Sexual Object or Sexual Subject: Media Use, Self-Sexualization, and Sexual Agency Among Emerging Adult Women" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 67th Annual Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, USA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-01-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1233213_index.html

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Abstract: Objectification theorists argue that repeated exposure to sexually objectifying media content will lead to higher levels of self-objectification, which negatively affect women’s well-being. Although consequences related to women’s sexual functioning and sexual agency are proposed, efforts to test these connections have been infrequent and inconsistent. We therefore used structural equation modeling to test connections between exposure to three media genres (women’s magazines, reality TV, and situation comedies), self-sexualization, and four dimensions of sexual agency among 754 undergraduate women. Findings confirmed our expectations. More frequent consumption of women’s magazines, lifestyle reality TV programs, and situation comedies each predicted greater self-sexualization, which in turn predicted greater use of alcohol to feel sexy, less condom use self-efficacy, and more negative sexual affect. Implications for objectification theories and for measures of women’s media use and sexual functioning are discussed.


 
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