What Does the News Teach Young People About Sex?
One of the greatest concerns about children’s sexuality is the ways in which they learn about sex; such concerns also draw upon arguments that children’s experiences with pornographic content create a distorted idea about sex, gender relations, and the female body. In this chapter, I examine how young people understand the ways in which sexuality and sex are constructed in mainstream news media. Evidence I gathered with a research project indicates that news media provide particular constructions of sexuality embedded in certain discursive frameworks. I argue that children use these ready-made discursive frameworks in the process of developing a set of literacies through which they both decide whether they will interpret a representation as sexual and they also construct their personal sexual narratives.
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