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August 10, 2012 4:25 AM
NBC's over-sexualized footage of female Olympic athletes
Posted by Laura
When my seven-year old asked why the U.S. Gymnasts were posing the way they were in the "up close and person" cut aways, I didn't have a good age-appropriate answer. Of course what I wanted to tell her is that this is part of the continual sexualization of young women in our society. It's not enough for NBC that McKayla Maroney is a vaulting phenom, she has to be seen as a pouty vixen, with a "pornified" musical score played over her plans for gold. Tedious for adults and deleterious for young girls and boys to see. The competition is dramatic enough without the celebu-tainment focus.
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