Doing the Möbius Strip: The politics of the Bailey Review

Duschinsky, Robbie and Barker, Meg (2013) Doing the Möbius Strip: The politics of the Bailey Review. Sexualities, 16 (5-6). pp. 730-742. ISSN 1363-4607

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460713487297

Abstract

In media and policy discourses on sexualisation, there has been an apparent split. Some have constructed young women as innocent children, incapable of meaningful sexual and commercial choices; others have treated young women as neo-liberal adults, agentic and savvy choice-makers. We analyse how the Bailey Review on the Sexualisation and Commercialisation of Childhood (published by the UK Department of Education) attempts to manage the tensions associated with making both arguments at once. We theorise the split as ‘doing the möbius strip’, as both sides agree on the assumption that commercial and sexual choice is either present or absent for young women. In this way, they reframe the contradictions and inequalities that shape young women’s behaviours as a problem of propriety and decency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bailey Review, choice, feminism, gender, innocence, sexualisation
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 14:10
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 02:12
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12057

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