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Becoming sexual : a critical appraisal of the sexualization of girls

Author
Egan, R. Danielle.
Title
Becoming sexual : a critical appraisal of the sexualization of girls / R. Danielle Egan.
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2013.
Description
viii, 188 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
URL
<Contributor biographical information> http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1312/2012277460-b.html
<Publisher description> http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1312/2012277460-d.html
<Table of contents only> http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1312/2012277460-t.html
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [155]-181) and index.
Contents
  • Sexualization as a social problem
  • What is sexualization?
  • (Hetero)sexualization, pathological femininity and hope for the future
  • Sexualized tastes, middle-class fantasies, and fears of class contagion
  • Unmanageable bodies, adult disgust, and the demand for innocence
  • Reflexive reticence, affective response, and the social construction of sexual problems.
Summary
Analysing potent cultural and historical assumptions, and subjecting them to measured investigation, R. Danielle Egan illuminates the implications of dominant thinking on sexualization. She argues that, ultimately, the popular literature on sexualization is more reflective of adult disquiet than it is about the lives and practices of girls.
"The sexualization of girls has captured the attention of the media, advocacy groups and politicians in recent years. This prolific discourse sets alarm bells ringing: sexualization is said to lead to depression, promiscuity and compassion deficit disorder, and rob young girls of their childhood. However, measuring such claims against a wide range of data sources reveals a far more complicated picture. Becoming Sexual begins with a simple question: why does this discourse feel so natural? Analyzing potent cultural and historical assumptions, and subjecting them to measured investigation, R. Danielle Egan illuminates the implications of dominant thinking on sexualization. The sexualized girl functions as a metaphor for cultural decay and as a common enemy through which adult rage, discontent and anxiety regarding class, gender, sexuality, race and the future can be expressed. Egan argues that, ultimately, the popular literature on sexualization is more reflective of adult disquiet than it is about the lives and practices of girls." -- Publisher's description.
Kinsey subjects
Sex behavior--adolescent--Female.
Popular culture studies.
ISBN
9780745650739 (pbk)
0745650732
0745650724 (Cloth)
9780745650722 (Cloth)
9780745650739

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Kinsey Institute Library (by appointment only)
Call Number
522.2 E52 b4 2013
Location
Auxiliary Library Facility - Kinsey Institute