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ERIC Number: EJ876537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
For Whose Eyes Only? The Gatekeeping of Sexual Images in the Field of Teen Sexuality
Chittenden, Tara
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v10 n1 p79-90 Feb 2010
This article examines the ways in which gatekeepers shape the field of teen sexuality by controlling access to sexual images. I question who decides whether an image is "appropriate" for young adults and how such judgements shape the wider cultural field. The ways in which gatekeepers have attempted to shield teens from certain sexual images offers some explanation as to failings in sex education to educate and empower teens with the tools to engage with sexual images for themselves. These teens may turn into adults with "unhealthy" attitudes towards sexuality, which perpetuates roles for "sexual gatekeepers". Using Bourdieu's field theory as a framework, I take the particular example of the controversy around clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch's advertising to make visible the roles of different players in gatekeeping sexual images. Awareness of these micro-processes and positions highlights the various boundaries and capital at play in the field of teen sexuality. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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