The Buckingham Report ( 2010 )

2132 WordsMay 10, 20169 Pages
According to definitions in The Buckingham report (2010), there are similarities and differences between the terms sexual and sexualised. ‘Sexual’ refers to sexual acts and expressions, whereas sexualised is defined as the construction of these sexual behaviours and displays. This is usually obtained by being objective as a sexual being instead of being viewed as a person with equal rights and feelings towards sex. This definition highlights the term sexual as a representation to healthy sex for the appropriate person and sexualisation as being damaging to those how are both physically and mentally not equipped to understand it or stand against it (DCSF, 2009 cited in Kehily, M.J., 2014. p 239). The growing concerns of both parents and organisations, including government ones are thought to have been on the rise for some time now. They are concerned with the sexualised portrayal of children much too young to comprehend its meaning and also claim this has led to the increased rate of mental health issues over the years and is all due to the modern age of media, commercialisation and internet. This essay will attempt to answer the following questions; Is early sexualisation on the rise? What evidence is there to suggest this? What evidence is there to refute these claims? What are the implications of the early sexualisation of children? It will conclude with a statement on whether the fears of early sexualisation are justified or purely a case of widespread panic in a modern
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