Objectification not optional.

There is a demand for women to be objectified. Some men love objectifying women. Some women really get off on being objectified, and I make no value judgment on that whatsoever. These things are part of human sexuality and always will be.

The question is: do we want the fulfilment of that demand to be mainstream and so widely normalised that all the women who do not want to be objectified are forced to endure it anyway, in all circumstances, every day?

Do we want it to be so normalised that young men who would not naturally objectify women are given little choice by peer pressure?

Are we happy for our young women to have “being objectified” as their most popular ambition? What are the implications for equality (and its benefits for both women and men), when the ambition of a notable chunk of a generation of women is passive?

This issue is a lot bigger than the model who says she wasn’t forced to model. It’s about the context of those images, and in that context, the effects.

The issue isn’t about banning porn, or porny representations of women, but about making them optional.

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Rachel Coldbreath spent 20 years working internationally as a technical specialist on large data collections for law firms, before becoming disabled. She blogs on a variety of topics from the news and politics to gardening and how very annoying it is, being disabled. Habits include drilling holes about 1mm away from where they ought to be, and embarking with great enthusiasm on tasks for which she is neither physically nor intellectually equipped.
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2 Responses to Objectification not optional.

  1. Bridget says:

    Reblogged this on skipping over quicksand and commented:
    Rachel Coldbreath once again disperses the bull**** and cuts thru the c*** with this brilliantly clear and precise post.

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