Artifice and display are the guiding principles of female-male interaction, and while this is nothing new, we’ve upped the ante to a place where it’s hard to imagine what comes next. All this is taking a significant toll on the female psyche, which in turn affects males. objectified, while simultaneously urging them to be professionally empowered as subjects, or actors. Stop seeking attention for your body from strangers.
Over a decade of research now shows that radical feminists were right to be highly concerned.
Today women’s sexual objectification is celebrated as a form of female empowerment.
This has enabled a new era of sexual objectification, characterized by greater exposure to advertising in general, and increased sexual explicitness in advertising, magazines, television shows, movies, video games, music videos, television news, and “reality” television. If objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like an object (a non-thinking thing that can be used however one likes), then sexual objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like a sex object, one that serves another’s sexual pleasure.
Here are examples of sexual objectification in advertising: The insidiousness of the problem has brought us to a place where even women not looking for casual sex may be mistaken for hookers based on their dress and makeup.
, has been detrimental to the well-being of women, men, and the institution of marriage in our society.
In this view, raunch culture and proud proclamations of sluthood are symptoms of sexual mores that have spun out of control since the 1970s.
Caroline Heldman and Lisa Wade (of Sociological Images) are two prominent feminist scholars who subscribe to this belief.
The “sex wars” of the 1980s pitted radical feminists, who claimed that female sexual objectification is dehumanizing, against feminists concerned about legal and social efforts to control and repress female sexuality.
If you decide to have sex with a man, do it with abandon. Yet we are also witnessing a striking exodus from marriage, especially among high school but not college educated young people, for whom raising children amid unstable cohabiting relationships and serial partnerships is in danger of becoming the new norm.
This rapid decline of marriage among the almost 60 percent of the nation who are high school educated but not college educated, those whom we might call “Middle America,” has been dramatic.
As recently as the 1980s, only 13 percent of the children of moderately-educated mothers were born outside of marriage.