The Sexual Objectification of Women in a Male Dominated Society: A Feminist View

Feminism helps to understand the overt and covert implications associated with valuing woman on the basis of appearance and physicality. It further asserts that woman often internalize this view and respond by emulating themselves as objects to be judged and evaluated.

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  1. An object receives the action instead of acting. An object lacks autonomy or power, and may even be owned- Feminist
  2. Woman portrayed as a victim of gang rape in a sexually charged fashion ad. Many things in our culture that are geared toward the male gender usually consist of naked or barely clothed women in suggestive and submissive portrayals.
  3. For centuries, women have been particularly vulnerable to the effects of objectification. The female population has undoubtedly struggled throughout history to exist beyond their physicality but sadly to no avail. Despite several prominent Feminist movements throughout history, society continues to hold strong to patriarchal ideology that has long since oppressed and discriminated against woman on the basis of sex and gender.
  4. ** In a male dominated society, where girls are often discouraged, humiliated, insulted, paid less and...
  5. The following documentary depicts how media perpetuates and reinforces a universal culture in which women across the globe are subjugated to objectification.
  6. Where as some women speak against the dismemberment of women in media there are others that find themselves conforming to sociocultural pressures to be 'perfect'.
  7. And so again, I would like to thank you, pop culture, for providing credibility to my points, as you so aptly do, again and again.
  8. In a society that idolizes celebrities, the media has the greatest influence on how women are universally perceived. At the expense of women across the globe, mass media intertwined with cultural patriarchal practices, continue to promote overtly sexualized messages and images that systematically subordinate female happiness to that of men.
  9. The introduction of social media has played an influential role in diminishing the worth and value of women by promoting content which either overtly or covertly scrutinizes, criticizes and judges females on their physicality and appearance. In addition to Feminism, conflict theory helps to conceptualize the implications of objectifying women in mass media and the effects of those implications on gender relationships.
  10. In this practice, woman are repeatedly stripped of their 'human qualities' and viewed, therefore emulating themselves, as objects or mere instruments for sexual pleasures. The sociocultural lens can be employed to further postulate the affects of sexual objectification in the media.
  11. A young woman lies in bed, rolling her eyes at the 'candi' name tag attached to her forehead. Behind her, the uncaring man who has objectified her and can't even remember her name, lies asleep.
    A young woman lies in bed, rolling her eyes at the 'candi' name tag attached to her forehead. Behind her, the uncaring man who has objectified her and can't even remember her name, lies asleep.
  12. With the portrayal of women as sex objects being a commonality in society, one must ask, what are the cultural implications and its effect on the psychosocial development of women? For one, a study found that "contemporary women may be unfazed by the sexual objectification found in today's advertising. They may choose to exercise their 'girl power' and make their decision independently of how women in advertisements may be portrayed" (Mittal and Lassar, 2000). The study further shows that the younger female population of this era are more forgiving of companies portrayal of females in advertisements than younger females were a decade ago.
  13. But there is also another side to the affects of objectification. The American Psychological Association also released a report that "analyzed about 300 studies, which included a variety of media, from television and movies to songs lyrics and tweens posing in suggestive ways in magazines and the sexual antics of young celebrity role models," which proved as evidence that "such images may make girls think of and treat their own bodies as sexual objects". This strongly supports the idea that media, which is essential a part of our culture, directly influences how females think of themselves.
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