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Coming to terms with sexualization

journal contribution
posted on 07.10.2013, 11:41 authored by Linda Duits, Liesbet van Zoonen
Not since the feminist pornography debates of the 1980s has there been such an outburst of discussion, research and publications about sexualized images of women and girls. The debate is now carried out by governments and other social actors, but to hail current attacks on sexualization as a belated victory for feminism is naive and problematic, as discussed in this article. We contend that current sexualization policies involve academic analyses and political solutions which are cast in the discourse of liberal feminism and neoliberalism. Inevitable in the current work on sexualization is an identity of girls and young women as ‘victims’ in need of protection. Research among Dutch girls is utilized to refute that construction, emphasizing tactics of resistance, negotiation and accommodation which they have developed. Current sexualization concerns are ahistorical in their oblivion to similar sexualization panics in previous decades and to the years of feminist cultural analysis and critique in this arena

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

DUITS, L. and VAN ZOONEN, L., 2011. Coming to terms with sexualization. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 (5), pp.491-506.

Publisher

© Sage

Version

SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

Publication date

2011

Notes

This article was accepted for publication in the European Journal of Cultural Studies: http://ecs.sagepub.com/content/14/5/491

ISSN

1367-5494

Language

en