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Sexual Objectification, Part 1: What is it?

Sexual Objectification, Part 1: What is it?
This is Part 1 of a four-part series on sexual objectification–what it is and how to respond to it. The phrase “sexual objectification” has been around since the 1970s, but the phenomenon is more rampant than ever in popular culture–and we now know that it causes real harm. What exactly is it, though? If objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like an object, then sexual objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like a sex object, one that serves another’s sexual pleasure. How do we know sexual objectification when we see it? Building on the work of Nussbaum and Langton, I’ve devised the Sex Object Test (SOT) to measure the presence of sexual objectification in images. 1) Does the image show only part(s) of a sexualized person’s body? Headless women, for example, make it easy to see them as only a body by erasing the individuality communicated through faces, eyes and eye contact: Covering up a woman’s face works well, too:

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From Sports Illustrated, the Latest Body Part for Women to Fix Photo A FEW years ago I got a Groupon for laser hair removal. Sitting in the waiting room, I saw a couple: a pretty girl in the lap of an older, well-groomed, hair-gelled guy. When the nurse called the young woman’s name they both stood up, the guy asking, shyly, if it would be O.K. if he came in, too. I couldn’t figure it out. Sexual Objectification, Part 2: The Harm This is the second part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects. (Part 1 can be found here.) Sexual objectification is nothing new, but this latest era is characterized by greater exposure to advertising and increased sexual explicitness in advertising [PDF], magazines, television shows, movies [PDF], video games, music videos, television news, and “reality” television. In a culture with widespread sexual objectification, women (especially) tend to view themselves as objects of desire for others. This internalized sexual objectification has been linked to problems with mental health (clinical depression, “habitual body monitoring”), eating disorders, body shame, self-worth and life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, motor functioning, sexual dysfunction [PDF], access to leadership [PDF] and political efficacy [PDF].

H&M Uses Plus-Size Model For Swimwear Campaign Photos H&M is finally showing fashion-lovers that their clothes look amazing on plus-size women too. The Swedish retailer is promoting a new women's swimwear collection on the U.S. site (as of publication, the collection is not featured on their Canadian site) featuring plus-size model Jennie Runk. The great (one could even say innovative) aspect to the campaign is that the collection isn't labeled "plus-sized fashion;" nope, it's just filed under "beachwear." Rather than call out attention to the plus-size model, (Ralph Lauren announced their first plus-size model last year), they just show Jennie looking beautiful and healthy in various beachwear, one-pieces and (gasp!) bikinis.

The Objectification of Women – It Goes Much Further Than Sexy Pictures When feminists decry the objectification of women, most people immediately think of the images that saturate our magazines, movies, adverts and the Internet, of women in varying stages of undress, dolled up and presented for the male gaze. Yet, while sexual objectification is a huge problem, it is, sadly, only a fraction of the objectification of women that permeates our world, from the moment we enter it. Because it is all too obvious and difficult to ignore, we tend to focus on sexual objectification. The difference between the way women and men are portrayed in national newspapers and other media is stark— women are too often reduced to the sum of their body parts, heavily photoshopped to fit into an ever narrowing ideal of female beauty. It grabs our attention, we recognize that something isn’t right, and we confidently assert that this is sexism in action.

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