Exposing the Lie: “Sexual Objectification Empowers Women”

Link to "'The Sexy Lie' We Should Be Talking About"
Link to “‘The Sexy Lie’ We Should Be Talking About”

How are we to know whether or not an image is objectifying? Caroline Heldman suggests (linked above):

An image is sexually objectifying if “yes” is the answer to any of the following questions:

  1. Does the image show only parts of a sexualized person’s body?
  2. Does the image present a sexualized person as a stand-in for an object?
  3. Does the image show a sexualized person as interchangeable?
  4. Does the image affirm the idea of violating the bodily integrity of a sexualized person that can’t consent?
  5. Does the image suggest that sexual availability is the defining characteristic of the person?
  6. Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity?
  7. Does the image treat a sexualized person’s body as a canvas?

Related: A Pornography Society and Why Naked Pictures Aren’t Harmless.

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