Sexualisation

Sexualisation

In its report on the sexualisation of girls the American Psychological Association defined sexualisation this way:

There are several components to sexualization, and these set it apart from healthy sexuality. Sexualization occurs when

1) a person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics;

2) a person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy;

3) a person is sexually objectified — that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use, rather than seen as a person with the capacity for independent action and decision making; and/or

4) sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon a person.

All four conditions need not be present; any one is an indication of sexualization. The fourth condition (the inappropriate imposition of sexuality) is especially relevant to children. Anyone (girls, boys, men, women) can be sexualized. But when children are imbued with adult sexuality, it is often imposed upon them rather than chosen by them. Self-motivated sexual exploration, on the other hand, is not sexualization by our definition, nor is age-appropriate exposure to information about sexuality.

Opposing sexualisation is not the same as opposing sex or sexuality. Collective Shout is for a culture in which people can develop and express healthy sexuality in their own time. To achieve this we must resist a culture that tells people their sexual value is all they are.

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See below for articles tagged 'sexualisation.'


I was so concerned about porn-themed portrayals of young girls on Instagram I reported to police

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“I had a nervous breakdown": Kate Moss on famous Calvin Klein photoshoot

“There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do.”

UK's Advertising Standards Authority takes a stand against objectification of women. Time for Australia to do the same.

A clothing brand Missguided has been told by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to not use advertising that objectifies women in future campaigns.

A day of the girl on Instagram: posed, exposed and at risk

The sexual exploitation of young girls on Instagram must stop now

“My husband would never do that”: Revenge Porn and the new threat

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If Instagram can restrict diet products, they can stop child sexual exploitation

Collective Shout's Caitlin Roper quoted in 10 Daily

‘Sexy girl’: How Instagram allows the offering of young girls as fetishised flesh

The sexualisation of girls for profit [UPDATED]


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