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Sexual objectification

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A male is being objectified by having to be naked around clothed people.

Sexually objectifying a person means to view them like things for sexual desire.[1]

Both males and females can be sexually objectified, as can children and teenagers. Women and girls, however, are more likely victims of sexual objectification than men and boys.[2] The concept of sexual objectification toward females is very important for some feminist theories.[3] The sexual objectification toward women and girls contributes to bad treatment against them and to gender inequality.[4] A number of psychologists link sexual objectification under some physical and mental health risks for women and girls.[5]

Sexual objectification of women[change | change source]

A bikini contest is mostly about the way the contestants look, if they are pretty. To some extent, a bikini contest objectifies women/girls. Women who don't think they are pretty would not take part in such a contest.

The sexual objectification of women/girls has them being viewed like an object under male sexual desires, not as a whole person.[6] Opinions differ, however, on which situations are objectionable. Many see the sexual objectifying of women/girls taking place with sexual portrayals involving them under art, media, advertising, pornography, prostitution and beauty contests.

There is also evidence showing that females are sometimes sexually objectified by other females.[7]

Sexual objectification of Hispanic/Latina women[change | change source]

Hispanic or Latina females are more often sexually objectified under stereotypes (unfair generalisations) toward them. The American media often portray these women as more likely to perform casual sex with multiple partners. The same media portray these females as having curved shapes, large breasts, large buttocks, having a melodramatic (over-the-top) attitude or being feisty.[8]

Sexual objectification of men[change | change source]

Men are also objectified, in advertising, but much less than women. This image shows a male striptease dancer.

Women also sometimes see men as sex objects. This often happens in movies and in advertising. It also happens in some television programs.[9]Erotic shows (such as a striptease), or pornography may reduce men to sex objects.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sexual Objectification Harms People". University of Melbourne. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  2. "Sexually Objectifying Women Harms the Emotional Well-Being". The Conversation. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  3. "The Feminist Perspectives on Objectification". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  4. "The Effect of Sexual Objectification on Women's Health". New York University. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  5. "The Sexual Objectification of Women" (PDF). American Psychological Association. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  6. Drake, Hunter Paul; Chenneville, Tiffany; Rodriguez, Lindsey; Suite, Brianna; Onufrak, James (2021). "Sexual Objectification as the Predictor of Sexual Risk Tolerance". Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. 33 (3). Taylor & Francis Online: 273–290. doi:10.1080/10538720.2021.1886213. S2CID 233894799. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  7. "As a Straight Woman". HuffPost. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  8. "How Identifying with Fictional Hispanic or Latina Characters Increases the Acceptance and Stereotyping". Taylor/Francis Online. doi:10.1080/15205436.2018.1457699. S2CID 149715074. Retrieved July 19, 2021. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. "Star Natalie Dormer:Men are Objectified on Television". The Telegraph UK. Retrieved July 19, 2021.