Objectifying Women in Media

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.”

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3 Responses to Objectifying Women in Media

  1. fll706 says:

    I have to admit that, although we all know what Hugh Hefner is about, I never thought he would say something so atrocious. I often wonder if the women he objectifies even realize the massive impact it has on society. Can they see the real world through the clouds of perfume and makeup? I don’t think any of the women you’ve exemplified realize the effect their behavior has.

  2. demmie hicks says:

    I’m curious about how mothers and fathers support their daughters (and sons) to not buy into this body image issues, that glamour and sex are all that matter? I do not have children and therefore do not have to deal with the challenges that this must present. Having said that, there is a lot to be said for the women and men who beleive in the values of feminism. Equal rights for all, appreication for someone’s values, intellect and spirit. I bleeive young woman today want equl rights but hey do not view feminism the same way it was viewed in the 60, 70, 80’s. It seems to mean something different today. There is a philosphy called Existentialism and it represents many things, several stand out for me. Appreciation for the subjective, rather than the objective, equality, meaning men can cry and women can drive a bull dozer if that’s what they want to do. Freedom and Choice are essential. If we teach our children the core values of equaltiy, freedom and choice we will hopefully progress in a way that is honoring to all people.

  3. floryduran says:

    Kathy …And so? Of course Heffner wd say that, he has Big money invested inwomen as sex objects(sorry fr typos…kitten on keyboard). We all know this, so why are we still buying,looking, trying to be like that. We know about airbrushing or photoshopping, so why are we still dieting?With our power over how household money is spent (research THAT!), why are we supporting the diet industry,cosmetic ind., fasion ind., wedding ind. etc…all of which are thriving! Please, analyze rather than state the obvious.

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