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There is a lot of sexual objectification of women going on out there. Sometimes I am still shocked at what I see but I have to say, after all this time I am one of the millions of people out there who have become jaded and more times than not, I am not shocked when I see women objectified. That is not to say I am not appalled, angry and frustrated with the continuation of women being sexually objectified in just about every aspect of our society. I am appalled and you should be too.
The advertising industry trying to sell any product by putting a large breasted woman in the ad, the porn industry being the yardstick by which women measure how their body is supposed to look and sex is supposed to be, music videos showing scantily clad young women happily being sex objects for men are just a few of the convoluted messages women receive about their place in the world. When women, especially young girls, are taught that their beauty is tied to how others expect their bodies to look and their value is tied to how sexy others perceive them, they learn that their sexuality is not their own, but belongs to others.
Sexual objectification means treating a person as simply an object of someone else’s sexual pleasure. In the case of human trafficking part of sexual objectification is viewing women as simply a commodity. When a woman is a victim of sexual objectification, whether that means harassment by construction workers on the street or being forced into sex work for someone else’s profit, all other attributes such as intelligence are disregarded. This reduces her worth to only that as in instrument for the sexual pleasure of others.
There are some very significant differences between sexual empowerment and sexual objectification. Sexual empowerment is active. It’s ownership of one’s own body. Sexual empowerment is autonomous and self-serving. Objectification is just the opposite. It is a powerless, self-sacrificing, passive relenting of control of our sexuality to another.
The thing that I find very scary is that there seems to be a feeling that being objectified is actually sexually empowering. Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply by letting yourself be sexually objectified you give the power of your sexuality to others.
Yes it is a good feeling to feel sexually desirable. But a woman is sexually desirable because she says it is so. Not because of the catcalls, inappropriate touching and comments made toward her. That is not autonomy that is being objectified. They do not coexist and they are not the same thing.
Women have value in our society. We contribute to the world in many ways, using many talents and attributes. Women are intelligent enough to know their value does not reside between their legs. I am tired of pop culture trying to convince them otherwise. It sends young girls a dangerous message that they often take into adulthood with them.
The real power of female sexuality lies within the truth that the power lays in knowing how to please ourselves, knowing we have value and worth regardless of what others think, or say, or do. Not allowing ourselves to be sexually objectified is a place all women can start to regain control of their sexuality.