Objectification is a term to describe seeing human beings as objects. Representations show people not as individuals, but as things to be owned, sold, used, etc. Sexual objectification is the objectification of persons generally based on their sexual attributes.
I was up for grabs, literally. Simply existing is often enough for a woman to be the target of men who feel entitled to her body, but if a woman is open about her sexuality, this seems to serve as extra permission for people to do whatever they want with her. The moment a long-time male friend hit on her after the book came out.
Recent reports of a mountain lion or cougar stalking the campus of the University of Iowa prompted campus jokesters to tweet their surprise that Michelle Bachman was in town. A cougar, colloquially, is an attractive older woman who seeks out trysts with younger men, and to some, it seems that Bachmann fits the bill. This emphasis on appearance is nothing new for high-profile women who are anything but homely, and feminist scholars are quick to point out its potential detrimental effects on perceptions of female competence.
Recently, the African Union AU secretariat came under fire from women groups who accused it of sidelining women when it came to filling decision making positions. At a time when we are talking of gender parity and it being one of the pillars of the Agenda andthe AU should be the last place to level such accusations. If the complainants have ground to support the allegations, then the AU needs to act swiftly to address the situation.
For example:. However, the ritual and persistent sexual objectification of women in the press is a serious problem and a common theme. In fact we see that apart from reduction of women to the sum of their body parts, the presence of adverts for porn and the sex industries with hateful and derogatory language for women is widespread.
Women and girls in South Sudan continue to bear the brunt of conflict through brutal acts of sexual and gender-based violence since the start of the current civil war on December As recent as late Novemberthere has been an influx of young women, girls and boys as young as 4 years old who have been raped, gang raped and beaten. Additionally — in recent reports by a number of organizations, it was reported that between November and December — at least women were raped by armed men.
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This is Part 1 of a four-part series on sexual objectification—what it is and how to respond to it. What exactly is it, though? How do we know sexual objectification when we see it?
Women who wish to breasted their babies but cannot - because of inadequate support from family or health workers, constraints in the workplace, or misinformation from the infant food industry - are oppressed and exploited. Groups and individuals interested in fighting for women's rights and human rights should take action to change this situation, and recognise breastfeeding as a woman's right. Women are empowered by asserting the value of both their productive and reproductive work.