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Author: Durham, Meenakshi Gigi
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CMCH Synopsis: The objective of this study was to investigate the representations of sexuality in two "teen" magazines with a focus on how these representations assist in developing popular understandings of adolescent girls' sexuality. The images in both Seventeen and YM magazines were scanned for sexualized representations including portrayals of girls as sexual objects and sexual explicitness. Text was scanned for implied or literal sexual content. YM tended to define beauty in terms of heterosexual desirability. Images in Seventeen often portrayed girls as sexual objects. Yet, advice columns tended to advice girls against sexual activity. Discussion of heterosexual relationships focused on romantic love with little emphasis on physical intimacy. The themes derived from the analysis were often contradictory and tended to reinforce preconceived sociocultural norms of female sexuality. İ Center on Media and Child Health
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Year: 1998
Article Title: Dilemmas of desire: Representations of adolescent sexuality in two teen magazines
Journal: Youth & Society
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Pages: 369-389
ISSN: 0044-118X
Source of Funding: Funding Source Not Stated in Paper
Study Design: Content Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Adolescent Attitudes
Attitudes (Media Content)
Communications
Femininity (Media Content)
Fitness (Media Content)
Gender Roles (Media Content)
Love (Media Content)
Magazines
Male Female Relations (Media Content)
Masculinity (Media Content)
Physical Appearance (Media Content)
Print Media
Sexual Attitudes
Sexual Behavior (Media Content)
Sexual Orientation
Stereotypes (Media Content)

 

 

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