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.'
May 09, 2017
Caitlin Roper in Medical Forum WA Magazine
Apr 18, 2017
Founder of Kidz Biz Education Wendy Hill told the Sunday Mail that violent pornography is shaping primary school aged children’s behaviour.
Apr 11, 2017
We're pleased to report that after years of campaigning against Wicked Campers for their sexist and anti-women slogans and imagery, Tasmania's Legislative Council has voted...
Feb 20, 2017
Trigger warning: This blog contains references to child sexual abuse, please be aware of and prioritise your own well-being. Shopping with my with my 10...
Feb 01, 2017
The Board noted that in order to be in breach of this section of the Code the image would need to use sexual appeal in...
Jan 16, 2017
*Insert head desk*
Yes you read it right, here we are again, talking about Ultra Tune and their sexist ads.
Dec 28, 2016
At Collective Shout, we campaign against the objectification of women and the sexualisation of girls. The term 'sexualisation' can at times be misunderstood - so...
Dec 23, 2016
With your support, Collective Shout has continued to challenge sexploitation at every level during 2016. It is because of our supporters all over the country...
Dec 20, 2016
Earlier this month Melanie and her daughter were shopping in Ringwood when they passed by a hyper-sexualised poster in the front window of a snow...
Dec 19, 2016
We exposed Shade Sunscreen for using sexually objectifying women to advertise their products. Shade Sunscreen’s social media was dominated by sexualised images of women’s bodies...