Sexed up

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Sexed up refers to making something more sexually attractive. Since 2003 it has been used in the sense of making something more attractive than it really is by selective presentation; a modern update to the phrase "hyped up". One variant of "sexed up" is "sex it up". The implication is that no actual lying is taking place, but that spin is being placed on certain parts of the message.


The phrase gained currency in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2003, when BBC defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan filed a report for BBC Radio 4's Today programme in which he stated that an unnamed source, a senior British official, had told him that the September Dossier had been "sexed up", and that the intelligence agencies were concerned about some highly dubious information contained within it—specifically the claim that Saddam Hussein could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order. The dubious information was used to make a case for urgent action and to justify the war with Iraq.[1][2]


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  1. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (September 27, 2003). "10 ways to sex up a dossier". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-11. Close analysis shows the changes were intended to make the case for urgent action, and then to justify war
  2. ^ "Dossier on Iraq was not sexed up". The Hindu. September 12, 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  3. ^ Sahner, Christian C. (September 5, 2007). "Sexed-Up Sex-Ed". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  4. ^ "Ashlee Simpson Gearing up for 'Melrose Place' Role". BuddyTV. August 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-12.

Further reading[edit]

  • Anabila, P., Tagoe, C., & Asare, S. (2015). [ Consumer perception of sex appeal advertising: A high context cultural perspective. IUP Journal of Marketing Management, 14(4), 34-55. (Registration required)
  • Chang, C., & Tseng, C. (2013). Can sex sell bread? International Journal of Advertising, 32(4), 559-585. doi:10.2501/IJA-32-4-559-585
  • Eisend, M., Plagemann, J., & Sollwedel, J. (2014). Gender roles and humor in advertising: The occurrence of stereotyping in humorous and nonhumorous Advertising and Its Consequences for Advertising Effectiveness. Journal of Advertising, 43(3), 256-273. doi:10.1080/00913367.2013.857621
  • Fraser, K,. & Taylor, E. 2012. Pretty as a picture: A study of the effects of idealised imagery in advertising on the well-being of young women.
  • Lull, R. B., & Bushman, B. J. (2015). Do sex and violence sell. Psychological Bulletin, 141(5), 1022-1048. doi:10.1037/bul0000018
  • Reichert, T. (2002). Sex in advertising research: A review of content, effects, and functions of sexual information in consumer advertising. Annual Review of Sex Research, 13(1), 241-.