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.