I am not an object, I am a woman!

by jsull5 on October 21, 2013 - 9:06pm

 

           This was a very thought-provoking article about how social media and networking affects the way women are objectified by others and also self-objectification. Social media includes magazines such as playboy, television, and music videos. In playboy magazines, music videos, and even television women are shown with minimal clothing and accented physical features. This leads to woman being objectified and constantly sexualized by their bodies. This article’s main focus is how social networking affects objectification of woman. The main type of social networking that this article focuses on is Facebook. This study was set up where women made profiles for social networking cites with an audience. The study concluded that women are judged on their faces and body type when posting pictures on Facebook and other social networking cites. In many cases, personality takes a seat behind image and physical looks. This not only leads to woman being objectified by their bodies but it also leads a woman to self-objectification.  Objectification can lead a woman to constantly look for attention with their physical features. Unfortunately this causes self-esteem issues, anxiety, and even mental or health issues.

            The main purpose of this article was to reveal the problem of objectification of women and how it can lead women to self-objectification, which can cause self-esteem and health issues. The main assumption behind the author’s thinking is that women who are being objectified face very negative effects that can lead to many future mental and physical problems. A woman may suffer from a physical disorder such as bulimia because of the stress objectification puts on them mentally.  With the stress of objectification on body types, a woman may think they are overweight or not good enough resulting in desperate means. A woman may also suffer from a mental disorder such as self-consciousness or anorexia. Anorexia can lead to negative effects such as malnutrition, while self-consciousness can cause anxiety and other negative mental behaviors.

 

De Vires, Dian. A. 2013, March 5. Women on Display: The effect of portraying the self online on women’s self objectification. Ac.els-cdn.com. October 13, 2013. 

Comments

Women, elderly or disabled persons are often underrepresented. In the case of women, they are either given unuseful roles or non- serious roles in the media. They show her as superwoman and lovingly silly, namely be nice and quiet. Thus, it concludes nowadays a duel between women and the media. The images and power are at stake, and for now, the woman is in check. Television plays on the ambiguity to say that the image of the woman is subjected. In television series, sequences of interaction between men and women are based on the dependence of the woman. Moreover, the conversations between women are about the family context, conversations between men and women in a rather romantic context and conversations between men in a professional context. Also, women are reduced to domestic roles , seen as "traditional roles". She is excluded from the world of work, shown as a house wife more than as a public figure home, but still is less able to succeed in both career and family life. The implicit message in the media seems to be: "The home is the place where it is most appropriate and safe for a woman. There are also traces of this "male domination" in advertisings ads: men are systematically staged as higher than women, either as having reasons to buy the product, while women did not develop any argument to defend her image. The representation of women on television therefore confines women to sectors and restrictes them and stereotypes their roles. Children who watch more TV develop more traditional gender stereotypes about both genders: mom is at home, she cooks and cleans. While dad is outside working to bring money home. Children are now raised to look at the physical trades more than personal qualities (warmth or independence). Television can teach whole generations without us as a society waking to realize what the are doing. I want to invite you to consult this site, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/joy-goh-mah/objectification-women-sexy-p...

This article has many great points. It is rather interesting that the study you talked about showed that " women are judged [based] on their faces and body type when posting pictures on Facebook and other social networking cites". It makes sense since the media actively devalues woman to objects of desire. News casters emphasis how a woman looks rather than her achievements. This implies that a woman is worth only how good she looks. Derogatory terms are frequently thrown around which further supports seeing woman as objects. Comments on a woman's body such as "if her skirt is too short?" or "if what she is wearing is okay?" are often, but the men are not subjected to the same questions.

Also, there is the idea of the glass ceiling, where women is seen as incapable, emotional, and therefore should not be leaders. This discourages woman to take on leadership positions. This is shown by statistics such as there only ever being 46 women in the senate of United States (United States Senate). Here is the link discussing the glass ceiling on what’s preventing women from getting to the top http://www.feminist.org/research/business/ewb_glass.html.

Sources
"Women in the Senate." U.S. Senate. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
< http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/women_senators.htm >.

The article written was well thought out and had many pertinent ideas present. Speaking about a study conducted which exemplified how women’s Facebook profiles gained more attention if they had appealing photos posted really puts things into perspective. “Personality takes a seat behind image and physical looks,” really sums up the issue on hand.

Women have been subconsciously falling for the idea that good looks are more valuable than a good personality. Thinking this way is almost inevitable due to the massive amount of media displayed on a day to day basis. This mindset has been adopted by the majority of today’s population and seems to play a major role in a cultural phenomena known today as “rape culture”. The more often that females objectify themselves or are portrayed as sex objects leads men to be more supportive of sexual violence against women. Media ads which show women who aren’t fully clothed often include a man who will try to get her attention one way or another even if it needs to be forced. Essentially, these ads influence the male audience to do the same when concerning their personal lives.

Physical and mental issues can most finitely be negative consequences for the women who are dealing with issues regarding self-objectification. However, rape culture is another huge factor that could’ve been taken into consideration when writing this article. Rape culture affects both men and women. The women who are at risk of this unacceptable behaviour, along as the men who are being influenced to believe it rape might not be that much of a big deal.

I would encourage taking a look at the following article as it discusses both the idea of rape culture and self objection. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip,ur...

Sources:
Kelland, Lindsay. “Ceonceptuallly situating the harm of rape: an analysis of Objectification.” South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 30, no. 2, 2011, pp.168-183. Academic Search Premier, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip,ur... .

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