The sexualization of girls: How the popular culture harms our kids

© 2010-2019 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What do psychologists mean by the ” sexualization of girls? “ According to the American Psychological Association, sexualization occurs when “individuals are regarded as sex objects and evaluated in terms of their physical characteristics and sexiness.” That isn’t something that children should ever have to contend with. … Continue reading

Girl toys, boy toys, and parenting: The science of toy preferences

© 2009 – 2012 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Yes, there are “girl toys” and “boy toys.” But are gender-typical toys merely a matter of cultural training? Parents with sons and daughters often see differences in the way their kids play. And research confirms it: Boys usually spend more time in “rough and tumble” … Continue reading