Sexualisation of young people: review

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Papadopoulos, Linda
Home Office
Date of publication
1 February 2010
Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This review looks at how sexualised images and messages may be affecting the development of children and young people and influencing cultural norms, and examines the evidence for a link between sexualisation and violence. The report looks at examples and the prevalence of sexualisation in culture and proposes mechanisms by which sexualised messages are being internalised and the consequences of these on young people.

The world is saturated by more images today than at any other time in our modern history. Behind each of these images lies a message about expectations, values and ideals. Women are revered – and rewarded – for their physical attributes and both girls and boys are under pressure to emulate polarised gender stereotypes from a younger and younger age.The evidence collected in this report suggests these developments are having a profound impact, particularly on girls and young women.

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