Knox College study shows young girls want to be "sexy"

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Knox College study shows young girls want to be "sexy"

July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- A study out of Knox College suggests girls as young as six years old are finding value in appearing "sexy".

Researchers at Knox College used paper dolls in a study of 6- to 9-year-old girls.

They asked the girls which dolls they wanted to play with or look like, and the majority chose a more scantily clad doll most often.

Seventy-two percent of the girls also figured the "sexier" doll would be more popular than a doll that was slightly more covered up.

Interestingly, girls who were involved in a dance studio chose the non-sexualized doll more often. Researchers say dance and other sports may be associated with a better body image in females.

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