the act of endowing with sexual characteristics, or of excessively emphasizing those characteristics:In the real world, the sexualization of girls isn't confined to beauty pageants.Parents and other concerned adults have begun grassroots campaigns to counteract sexualization in advertising.
- Also especially British, sex·u·al·i·sa·tion .
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How to use sexualization in a sentence
But America the Beautiful III: The sexualization of Our Youth is by far the most personal of my documentary films.A Rallying Cry Against the Oversexualization of Our Youth | Darryl Roberts | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The double standard of sexualization is hypocritical at best and ineffectively vindictive at worse.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard | Emily Shire | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The manufacturing and sexualization of young starlets is a particularly obvious example of this unavoidable reality.Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars | Amy Zimmerman | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To some degree, the sexualization of young girls is mainstream in Japan.
The combination of emotional abuse and overt sexualization resulted in an attachment disorder.What Made Anders Behring Breivik a Mass Killer in Norway? | Aage Borchgrevink | November 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST