Reviving Lolita? A Media Literacy Examination of Sexual Portrayals of Girls in Fashion Advertising

Lolita: A name that conjures up images of preadolescent allure and perversion. The Lolita look has become a mainstay not only of movies, books, and magazines but also of advertising, particularly fashion advertising. In this brief study, Galician's model for media literacy is applied to four illustrative fashion advertisements. The sexualization of preadolescent and adolescent girls has implications for their psychological and physical well-being.