One of the key concerns within the wider anxiety about sexualization is that deviant, or abnormal, forms of sexuality and sexual practice are becoming ‘normalized'. Behind this concern presumably also lies a worry that such sexualities and practices are harmful in some way. In this section of the report we address the general points about what is meant by ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ sex, whether such normalization is occurring, and whether certain sexualities – or sexual practices – may be harmful if they are taken up more widely.
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