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Young people, sex, and the media : the facts of life?
Buckingham, David, 1954-
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Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Are children today growing up too soon? How do they - and their parents - feel about media portrayals of sex and personal relationships? Are the media a corrupting influence, or a potentially positive and useful resource for young people? Drawing on an extensive research project, which investigated children's interpretations of sexual content in films, TV and print media, this book considers how young people (aged 9-17) use such material to understand their experiences and build their identities, and how they and their parents respond to public concerns about these issues. The book offers a clearly written and entertaining insight into children's and parents' perspectives on these difficult issues - perspectives that are often ignored or trivialised in public debate.

Author Notes

Sara Bragg is Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London University, UK and at Sussex University, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
1 Introductionp. 1
Childhood in peril?p. 3
Cause for concern?p. 5
Sorting out the issuesp. 8
Previous researchp. 9
Starting pointsp. 12
2 Talking Dirty: Research Methodsp. 17
Fabricating publics, imagined geographicsp. 21
Defining our subjectsp. 22
The diaries and scrapbooksp. 24
Interviewsp. 34
The role of the researchersp. 38
Conclusionp. 41
3 Living and Learningp. 43
Tales out of schoolp. 44
The family and other romancesp. 48
Needing (and not needing) to knowp. 51
Sex lessonsp. 53
'It's really embarrassing when they give you talks'p. 57
Learning from mediap. 59
Learning identitiesp. 61
Conclusionp. 63
4 Boy Meets Boy Meets Girl Meets Girl: Gender, Sexuality and Performancep. 65
The media's rolep. 71
A place to speak from?p. 73
Images of the selfp. 75
Spectacular masculinities?p. 79
'Living the life': consumption and gender identitiesp. 81
'Shall I pretend to be gay?'--the cultural chic and contemporary meanings of 'being gay'p. 83
Conclusionp. 90
5 Bodies on Display: Pin-ups, Porn and Pop Starsp. 91
Pin-up girls (and boys)p. 94
Men only?p. 100
'A bit of an education'p. 102
Taking offencep. 106
Looking at menp. 112
Bodies in motionp. 115
Conclusionp. 124
6 Dirty Laundry: Private Lives, Public Confessionsp. 127
Talking the talkp. 129
Keeping your distancep. 132
The talking cure?p. 137
Problems, problemsp. 140
In the public eyep. 147
7 Show and Tell: Learning from Television Dramap. 155
Soap, sex and secretsp. 157
The pedagogy of soapp. 160
Making judgments: blaming and explainingp. 164
Just for laughs?p. 168
Teaching through dramap. 173
Conclusion: a preparation for life?p. 183
8 Family Viewing: Embarrassment, Education and Eroticsp. 185
'It's so embarrassing ...'p. 187
Watching with motherp. 195
Gender and regulationp. 199
Enacting 'erotics'p. 202
Conclusionp. 206
9 Governing the Living Room: from Morality to Ethicsp. 207
Parents who carep. 209
Parents talking about effectsp. 211
Parental views on regulationp. 214
'Pedagogical' parentingp. 216
Negotiating pluralismp. 219
The consequences of parenting idealsp. 223
'So over-protective': children's viewsp. 225
Conclusionp. 233
10 Conclusionp. 236
General findingsp. 237
Issues for further investigationp. 241
Towards policyp. 248
Referencesp. 252
Indexp. 258