American Girls Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

Jacklyn Jardel's blog on the book written by Nancy Jo Sales

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Hi I’m Jackie and this is my blog page for the book American Girls Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. She is a great journalist who used to work as the contributing editor for New York magazine covering various youth topics. Then in 2000 she joined Vanity Fair as the contributing editor where she still writes about a large variety of topics. (source). American Girls delves into the issues many teens in this generation have been facing as a result of the internet and social media making porn and pornographic images available at an alarmingly young age. Sales examines the underlying affects social media has had on these girls when it comes to self-worth and image and the new sexual norms. This book caught my attention mostly because of its tittle. I myself being a teen, was very intrigued by what my “secret life” may be and to see what aspects of the internet and social media have molded me to see the world how I do. I do not know what growing up would be like without smart phones everywhere and having access to anything at the touch of my fingertips. I do not know what my life would be like if I didn’t grow up in this generation.  I, as an insider, cannot look at this situation and see the differences in experiences that can correlate to behavioral aspects later in life  because I do not know anything but this. So I hope I can eventually understand the different issues my generation will face and maybe what I can do to prevent any of these problems from happening to me.


Sexy Baby

This is a documentary from 2012 called Sexy Baby directed by Jill Bauer. It's plot is very similar to the book as it follows the lives of three women coming from different backgrounds and ages. The movie explores the consequences our sexualized culture has on different women. This movie can also be found on Netflix.

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