Why Aren’t Men Objectified?
Women do find men sexy. But we don’t objectify and fetishize their body parts. Not too many of us, anyway.
And so Playgirl goes bankrupt while a plethora of “girlie” magazines thrive.
Yet in some places women’s bodies aren’t fetishized, either. Like in tribal societies where women walk around wearing the equivalent of a G-string. And no one cares.
That clues us in to why male body parts aren’t fetishized.
The body becomes arousing when a society:
- Selectively hides and reveals it — creating sexual tension
- Declares a body part sexy, and then says, “Don’t look at it!” — creating sexual tension
- Obsesses over the body part: The camera zeros in on it. People talk about it incessantly… Because it is declared so sexy.
When we treat women’s bodies in this way, they become arousing. When we don’t, they aren’t.
But we never do that with guys.
Maybe that’s because men have been in charge of literature, art, media and religion?
So a lot of guys are envious of women’s ability to allure and arouse. But there is a huge downside to all of this.
For instance, patriarchy just might be motivated to objectify women for a couple of reasons that aren’t so great:
- Women become reduced to their sexuality, which disempowers them in most areas of life.
- Modesty (actually necessary for objectification — one must hide the sexy body part) gets women in the habit of obeying — as with the directive to “Cover up!”
More problems also arise, which I will discuss later.
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Posted on May 13, 2015, in feminism, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, women and tagged men, objectification, psychology, sex, sexism, sexuality, women. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.