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Children, Sexuality, and the Law$
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Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001

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Sexual Media and American Youth

Sexual Media and American Youth

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Children, Sexuality, and the Law

Piotr Bobkowski

Autumn Shafer

NYU Press

This chapter provides research into the field of communications that can be used to support the premise of children's right to sexual information. It focuses on how children are not merely passive witnesses but are also engaging with sexual imagery in the media. This may influence their standards of attractiveness, their sexual and romantic expectations, and their sexual norms and behaviors. The chapter then shifts to a discussion framed along the dimension of rights—exploring whether and when children have a right to expression as understood within the First Amendment, a right to access information about sex and sexuality, a right to expression of gender identity, and rights of protection or special treatment based on sexual orientation.

Keywords:   sexual information, sexual imagery, media, First Amendment, gender identity, sexual orientation

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