Too much? Too young? The Sexualisation of Children debate in Australia

Catharine Lumby*, Kath Albury

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article considers the origins and focus of current Australian debates around the alleged 'sexualisation' of children and young people. It explores the popular discourses around youth and sexuality and unpacks the assumptions and contradictions that underwrite them, by addressing the terms of reference of the Australian Senate's 2008 Sexualisation of Children in the Contemporary Media Inquiry. The article concludes by outlining some proposed public policy solutions to addressing current community concerns that children and teenagers are being inappropriately sexualised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number135
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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