Women in the media are often seen in a sexual and passive outlook. Women are expected to have the perfect skin, hair, and body with a specified emphasis on being sexy. This sends a message out to girls that they are valued by their bodies.
In our culture, women are portrayed as sexy, skinny, and tall, making the average woman feel horrible about themselves. Often, when women are portrayed as objects, they are subject to violence against them, because their feelings no longer seem as important. Eating disorders and a negative self image also stem from this objectification. The enormous pressure that young girls and women feel to live up to an unrealistic image is fueled by images that suggest the importance of being a beautiful object. This also puts a pressure on teens and young women to dress and behave more sexually. Look at today’s teenagers in the media. For example, Miley Cyrus has been scrutinized time and time again because of the way that she dresses and acts. However, she is probably a teenager looking up to her role models and other women in her field of work who dress and act the same way. It is sad to see that many young people only have role models who are skinny to the point it is unhealthy, dressing in little to no clothes, and objectifying themselves in order to make money.
In an interview with the NY Daily News, Hugh Hefner stated ““The notion that Playboy turns women into sex objects is ridiculous. Women are sex objects. If women weren’t sex objects, there wouldn’t be another generation. It’s the attraction between the sexes that makes the world go ’round. That’s why women wear lipstick and short skirts.”