ERIC Number: EJ964725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Sexualisation's Four Faces: Sexualisation and Gender Stereotyping in the "Bailey Review"
Barker, Meg; Duschinsky, Robbie
Gender and Education, v24 n3 p303-310 2012
This paper explores the considerations of sexualisation and gender stereotyping in the recent UK government report "Letting Children be Children". This report, the "Bailey Review", claimed to represent the views of parents. However, closer reading reveals that, while the parents who were consulted were concerned about both the sexualisation and the gender stereotyping of products aimed at children, the "Bailey Review" focuses only on the former and dismisses the latter. "Sexualisation" has four faces in the Bailey Review: it is treated as a process that increases (1) the visibility of sexual content in the public domain, (2) misogyny, (3) the sexuality of children, and (4) the mainstream position of "deviant" sexual behaviours and lifestyles. Through this construction of "sexualisation", gendered relations of power are not only hidden from view but also buttress a narrative in which young women are situated as children, and their sexuality and desire rendered pathological and morally unacceptable as judged by a conservative standard of decency. Comparison of the treatment of sexualisation and gender stereotyping in the review is revealing of the political motivations behind it, and of wider discourse in these areas.
Descriptors: Programming (Broadcast), Sexuality, Foreign Countries, Sex Stereotypes, Children, Government Publications, Power Structure, Gender Differences, Females, Pathology, Social Attitudes, Political Attitudes, Content Analysis
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