Sexualisation or child sexualisation is a modern psychobabble term used to describe the (supposed) loss of "sexual innocence" or the rendering "impure" of something or someone, especially a child. "Sexualisation" can be used as a virtually unchallengeable weasel word, obscuring the contested claim that children are asexual.
Feminists R. Danielle Egan and Gail Hawkes have deconstructed the concept of child sexualization in several papers. They point out that the "sexualization" of girls has been most problematized, while that of boys have received little attention. The "construction of girls in the discourse of sexualisation mirrors earlier patriarchal discourses on the pathological nature of women's sexuality, its susceptibility to corruption and its resistance to autonomous control."
- "Sexualize and sexualization are words that are intentionally nebulous. They can mean anything from raping a child to allowing a girl to wear a two-piece swimsuit. Because they carry a cloud of meanings instead of precise definitions, they are intentionally used so that the reader's or listener's mind will go straight to the most extreme associations."
Source of the above: You are right to be annoyed Posted by Fetishist on 2014-July-11 17:46:53, Friday
- In reply to I am sick of reading 'sexualization'. posted by Luftetari on 2014-July-11 16:14:46, Friday
- https://boychat.org/messages/1400214.htm NOTE: The links in that post are malformed. The "/messages/" was omitted.
- "The really dangerous term is sexualized/sexualization. Implicit in its use is the idea that children are asexual until some bad man sexualizes them. Since the idea is implicit, people can make the claim without needing to back it up. If someone stated in so many words that "children are asexual", they could be challenged, and a useful discussion might follow. Using a term like "sexualization" is the way the hysterics make sure that that discussion never happens."
Source of the above: The most pernicious term http://www.boychat.org/messages/1153381.htm
- "I hate the "sexualization" meme too. I used it to mock it.
- "This ties in with the sexual counter-revolution I mentioned the other day. Four decades ago, when the sexual revolution was in full swing, it was known that prepubescent children are capable of having sexual feelings. It was in that environment that a book like Show Me! could be published. As the reaction against the sexual revolution started up, they needed a counter-narrative to explain why small boys get erections. What they came up with was the idea that small boys don't get erections, and that if they do it's a sure sign that they've been "abused"/"sexualized". Then, in order to make it difficult for people to notice that small boys still do get erections, they required boys to drape their crotches with billowing folds of cloth. Problem solved!"
Source of the above: Re: 'Auto-Sexualization'?... https://boychat.org/messages/1237766.htm
- "Back in the day, before Dr. Spock was replaced by the "Dare to Discipline" genre of child-rearing manuals, some sex-play between children was considered a natural part of a child's exploration his world. Bullying was bad, but sex play was healthy. Mothers were advised that if they discovered their children doing a little exploring they should back off and let the kids go about their business, but stay within earshot in case someone tried to do something non-consensual.
- "That all changed thirty years ago. Since then, innocent childish exploration has been reconceptualized as sexual assault, with no room for a distinction between consensual and non-consensual sex when minors are involved. That's the new sexualization of children."
Source of the above: The new sexualization of children https://boychat.org/messages/1153402.htm
- Egan, R. Danielle, and Hawkes, Gail (2008). "Girls, sexuality and the strange carnalities of advertisements: Deconstructing the discourse of corporate paedophilia," Australian Feminist Studies, 23(57), 307–322.
- Hawkes, Gail, and Egan, R. Danielle (2008). "Landscapes of Erotophobia: The Sexual(ized) Child in the Postmodern Anglophone West," Sexuality & Culture, 12(4), 193-203.
- Egan, R. Danielle, and Hawkes, Gail (2008). "Endangered Girls and Incendiary Objects: Unpacking the Discourse on Sexualization," Sexuality & Culture, 12(4), 291-311
- "Sexualisation" (Web archive) (Original Newgon Wiki Article)