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.

Click here for more links to research on sexualisation.

See below for articles tagged 'sexualisation.'


Ad Standards rules on Honey Birdette Christmas sexploitation ads

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Our campaign against Honey Birdette sexploitation: an interview with Collective Shout

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Child Instagram Models: 'Deleting Penis Photos' Is A 'Full Time Job'

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Tumblr Apps banned from the App Store after child sexual abuse material was found

Honey Birdette serves up sexual objectification for Christmas while Westfield turns a blind eye

Objectifying Christmas promotion turns heads; stomachs

Honey Birdette windows blacked out for Santa parade

[UPDATED] Lakeside Shopping Centre at Joondalup made the decision to blackout Honey Birdette's window advertising for the Santa parade. We welcome this move, but why...

"Those things can really take a pounding" Wicked Camper slogan censured by Ad Standards

With no enforcement laws in place, South Australians can expect to see this van again

Wicked Campers breaches ad code with "massive" pun

But with no laws to enforce the ruling, South Australians can expect to see this van again

Honey Birdette violated ad code four times in August

"We're a target;" Sex shop boss says she will ignore Ad Standards 

Collective Shout responds to common defences of Honey Birdette sexploitation

Honey Birdette is a serial sexploitation offender. The sex shop, located in shopping centres around the country, has attracted hundreds of complaints for its sexist...


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