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JOINING UP THE DOTS: Why urgent action is needed to tackle the sexualisation of women and girls in the media and popular culture

This Report calls on the Government to take tough action to address the growing sexualisation of women in the media and popular culture. Joining up the dots' draws together existing research as well as new evidence that women and girls are increasingly sexualised, stereotyped and objectified in the media and popular culture. The report finds that:

  • Women and girls are disproportionately sexualised across the media and popular culture
  • A driving factor behind this is the mainstreaming of the sex industries, in particular pornography, lap dancing and prostitution - which is leading to the 'pornification of culture' in which imagery of women and girls stemming from pornography is increasingly prevalent
  • The sexualisation of women and girls is linked to the promotion and reinforcement of sexist attitudes which underpin discrimination and violence against women, as well negative effects on individual health and well being
  • The UK Government is failing to meet numerous international and domestic human rights and gender equality obligations to address this issue and should use the opportunity of Violence Against Women strategies to rectify this

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