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Sex as spectacle: an overview of gender and sexual scripts in teen series popular with Flemish teenagers

Elke Van Damme UGent and Sofie Van Bauwel UGent (2013) JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA. 7(2). p.170-185
abstract
In recent years, research focusing on representations of sexuality in entertainment has gained momentum. Television content can sometimes be characterized as “hypersexual,” and according to Jacobson (2005), such “hypersexual” representations can be found in two-thirds of programs. However, beyond offering teenagers more sexual content, the nature of the content has also changed. Using a qualitative textual analysis, this article gives an overview of the gender scripts represented in series that are popular with Flemish teenagers: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Skins, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and 16+. Specifically, this article focuses on the relation between gender and sexuality. Sex(uality) has become part of the spectacle, and the tendency to “casualize” sexuality is apparent. This pinpoints the possibility that it may be time to reconsider sexual license in the twenty-first century as part of youth-as-fun instead of youth-as-trouble.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
sexuality, teen television series, sex as spectacle, casualized sexuality, gender scripts, youth
journal title
JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA
J. child. media
volume
7
issue
2
pages
170 - 185
ISSN
1748-2798
DOI
10.1080/17482798.2012.67349
language
English
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yes
classification
A2
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2074195
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2074195
date created
2012-03-26 16:44:04
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2014-01-28 10:41:03
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  author       = {Van Damme, Elke and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1748-2798},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA},
  keyword      = {sexuality,teen television series,sex as spectacle,casualized sexuality,gender scripts,youth},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {170--185},
  title        = {Sex as spectacle: an overview of gender and sexual scripts in teen series popular with Flemish teenagers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2012.67349},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Van Damme, Elke, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2013. “Sex as Spectacle: An Overview of Gender and Sexual Scripts in Teen Series Popular with Flemish Teenagers.” Journal of Children and Media 7 (2): 170–185.
APA
Van Damme, Elke, & Van Bauwel, S. (2013). Sex as spectacle: an overview of gender and sexual scripts in teen series popular with Flemish teenagers. JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA, 7(2), 170–185.
Vancouver
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Van Damme E, Van Bauwel S. Sex as spectacle: an overview of gender and sexual scripts in teen series popular with Flemish teenagers. JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA. 2013;7(2):170–85.
MLA
Van Damme, Elke, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “Sex as Spectacle: An Overview of Gender and Sexual Scripts in Teen Series Popular with Flemish Teenagers.” JOURNAL OF CHILDREN AND MEDIA 7.2 (2013): 170–185. Print.