There are many ways in which we can conceive of bodies as being ‘sexualized’. Bodies are considered ‘sexed’ in the biological sense that they are either male or female. Thus bodies can be sexualized in terms of their anatomy. Secondly, these sexed bodies may in turn be seen to display certain gendered behaviour. Thus bodies can be sexualized in terms of their masculinity and femininity. Finally, bodies can be seen as sexualized because they engage in certain sexual practices, for example, heterosexual or homosexual sex. Thus bodies can be sexualized in terms of their sexuality. The usual assumption is that the terms sex, gender and sexuality are definable and universal experiences; however there are many cultural norms associated with these terms and how they are developed and adopted. Upon closer examination, it soon becomes apparent that what we understand by the concept of sexualized bodies is not unproblematic and a natural given.
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