Women React to Sexy Cindy Crawford
Want to know how women and men experience skin-revealing images of men and women?
I recently asked my students to write down what thoughts came to mind when looking at nearly-nude pictures of Cindy Crawford and Sly Stallone.
My participants included 35 straight women and 19 straight men, from three different women’s studies classes that met during the 2014-15 school year. I surveyed them on the second or third day of class.
First, let’s look at how women experienced Cindy.
Women feel appreciative, sort of
Most women — 70% — thought Cindy looked good, really good, pretty, beautiful, attractive, sexy or hot.
A few felt she looked confident.
One mused, “I like the picture because she’s cute.”
Another added, “Love her!”
Women feel “nothing”
About 1/5 of the women said they felt “nothing.” Like these two:
I’m just used to it.
It’s nothing new
So they barely noticed.
Women feel animosity
Even though 70% thought she looked attractive, there was plenty of antagonism toward her, too.
A few (1 out of 7) said the image made them feel “uncomfortable.”
Others used words like, “exploitative,” “objectifying,” “over-sexualized” and “F-ING ANNOYING” to describe what they saw.
About one-third felt she was overexposed and needed more clothes, like this woman:
I’m tired of seeing nearly nude women.
I feel exposed even though it’s not me.
Overall, women felt a mix of appreciation, animosity and “nothing” toward “nude” Cindy Crawford.
And how does she make women feel about their bodies? We’ll look at that next time.
Posted on January 25, 2016, in body image, feminism, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, women and tagged body image, Cindy Crawford, feminism, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, women. Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.