Teens deal with sexual imagery by laughing

School-age teenagers are developing their own strategies to deal with exposure to sexualised and raunchy imagery, a new study has found.

The study used a series activities designed to elicit the response of adolescents to sexualised images popularly available in mainstream media, advertising, music video clips, and internet cultures. No pornographic imagery was viewed as part of the study.

Researchers said adolescents haven’t normalised their high exposure to sexualised imagery. Instead, they are keeping it at a distance, often by using humour.

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