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.'

Sony blocks release of game where player sexually abuses schoolgirl

SONY has blocked the Western release of an 'adult role-playing game' that saw the player undress schoolgirls and fondle their breasts while on a quest...

Child sex dolls on Wish were just the beginning- it gets worse

Content warning: This post contains content that may be distressing. 

Wish app must stop selling child sex dolls

Update: Wish promises to remove child sex dolls from sale, but what about other replica body parts meant for men's sexual use?

The Beatles "I am the Walrus" Wicked Camper cleared by Ad Standards

Sexualised Beatles lyrics printed on Wicked Camper

Teen girls call out Frank Body over sexist “Send Nudes” cosmetics

A group of young female high school students have called out Frank Body over the skincare company’s product, “Send Nudes” lip and cheek tint.

#ToddlerBikini: Parents need to be aware of risks of photo sharing

The Child Rescue Coalition has warned parents about the risks of posting intimate photos of their children, as well as using certain hashtags that can be...

“You see more flesh at the beach”: Responding to Honey Birdette defence of sexual objectification

Last year, father of three Kenneth Thor started a petition calling on Westfield to stop Honey Birdette’s consistent sexist and porn-inspired imagery in shopping centres across...

"The best thing about..." Ad Standards upholds Wicked Campers complaints

Wicked Campers ignores ruling; is referred to Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads for enforcement

"Am I still a virgin if..." Wicked Campers slogan censured by Ad Standards

"I was in the vehicle behind the camper van with my children in the vehicle.I find it not only very offensive and obscene but also...

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