Sexualisation is not a problem about sex and sexuality, it is about turning people into objects – which does real harm to girls in obvious ways.

Self-objectification is a key process of sexualisation whereby girls learn to think of and treat their own bodies as objects of others’ desires. In self-objectification, girls internalise an observer’s perspective on their physical selves and learn to treat themselves as objects to be looked at and evaluated for their appearance.

Self-objectification undermines confidence in and comfort with one’s own body, leading to a host of negative emotional consequences, such as shame, anxiety and self-disgust.

The association between self-objectification and anxiety about appearance and feelings of shame has been found in 12- and 13-year-olds.

Source: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.