That isn't something that children should ever have to contend with. But the popular culture seems increasingly accepting of the sexualization of children. The most common worries are that girls will learn to view themselves as sex objects, or that girls will develop anxieties when they fail to meet popular standards of beauty. Do media images of sexualized girls change the way we view children?
The sexualization of girls: Is the popular culture harming kids?
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The sexualization of girls: How the popular culture harms our kids
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.
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.