Sexualization or sexualisation is to make something sexual in character or quality or to become aware of sexuality,   especially in relation to men and women. Sexualization is linked to sexual objectification. According to the American Psychological Association , sexualization occurs when "individuals are regarded as sex objects and evaluated in terms of their physical characteristics and sexiness. In addition, a narrow and unrealistic standard of physical beauty is heavily emphasized.
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In another example of academic research proving something we already know, psychologists from Melbourne University and Sydney University recently ran an experiment showing men are more likely to become aggressive towards women who reject them if the women are sexually objectified. Sexual desire and sexual objectification are two very different things. Desire is a feeling someone has for a specific person, they are humanised more, not less, by being desired. Objectification is the opposite, it dehumanises. An objectified woman is nothing but a collection of body parts, interchangeable with any other objectified woman. She exists only to provide gratification to the man gazing at her. Both men and women feel less empathy for sexually objectified women.
Women are four times more likely to be shown undressed in films than men
Elise Holland does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Over the past decade, the sexualisation of children has become a fiercely debated topic around the globe, with national inquiries recently conducted in the United States , Australia , and the United Kingdom. In , UK chain store Tesco advertised a pole dancing kit in its toys and games section, labelled as suitable for children aged eleven years and up. In , British bookstore WH Smith stocked a selection of Playboy-branded stationery products , marketed to school-age girls. Each of these products was eventually recalled following public outrage.
As founder of online lingerie magazine Nineteen13, the topic of sexualisation is one that often arises in conversation. In fact it was not too long ago I was discussing this matter with someone of the opposite sex. He was quick to inform me that a woman who presents herself in a sexual manner whether it is on a cover of a magazine or even by simply purchasing lingerie, these women are purely acting to please men. I was quick to disagree, however I believe he is not alone in this common opinion of lingerie or the topic sexualisation as it stands. However is the theory that women sexualise themselves through confusion and brainwashing from the sex industry and mass media slightly one sided?