Sex Roles (2015) 72:85–87 DOI 10.1007/s11199-014-0422-4 BOOK REVIEW Media and the Sexualization of Childhood. By Barrie Gunter, London, Routledge, 2014. 224 pp. $39.99 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-13-802544-8 Christine Starr Published online: 13 October 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014 Books on the topic of early sexualization tend to run into three more vividly descriptive book about early sexualization problems: first, sensationalizing the issue (often with shocking for their classroom reading list (e.g., “The Lolita Effect”, stories and sometimes sexy covers), second, overstating re- Durham 2008; “So Sexy So Soon”, Levin and Kilbourne search findings and application in regards to young children, 2008). This review and commentary is primarily focused on and finally, the unfortunate fact that there is just not much U.S. society, however exceptions are noted. research available on the topic (Attwood 2009; Lamb 2009; “Media and the Sexualization of Childhood” is written by APA 2007). “Media and the Sexualization of Childhood” Dr. Barrie Gunter, a professor of mass communications at the successfully avoids the first two problems, but cannot escape University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He is a the third. Perhaps because of its successful avoidance of the prolific writer best known for his research
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