Here’s some interesting research on ‘self-sexualisation’ in six-year old girls. It investigates the extent to which young girls want to be seen as sexy. The answer is mostly ‘yes’, with a high proportion of the girls linking sexiness with popularity. However, the study included one group of girls drawn from a local dance studio, who were much less likely than the others (drawn from schools) to want to look sexy and think sexy meant popular. This is in line with other research that links involvement in sport with higher bodily self-esteem in young women.