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Title: Endangered Girls and Incendiary Objects: Unpacking the Discourse on Sexualization
Contributor(s): Egan, R Danielle (author); Hawkes, Gail  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1007/s12119-008-9036-8
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Abstract: In this article, we deconstruct the epistemological framework underlying recent discussions on the sexualization of girls. Conducting a close textual analysis of scholarly and activist writings and their media coverage in Australia, Britain and the United States we examine the foundational assumptions of the argument against sexualization and explore its potential social and political implications. It is our contention that the conceptualization of sexualization as both a process and outcome relies on an ambivalent and overly deterministic model which makes the danger of sexualizing materials uniform, but their outcome gender specific. The unintended consequence of this discourse is that girls are framed as passive recipients and their sexuality becomes the result of and reduced to sexualization.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sexuality and Culture, 12(4), p. 291-311
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: New York, USA
ISSN: 1095-5143
Field of Research (FOR): 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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