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Objectification of Women

The Feminine Athlete

Lindsey Holden | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Lindsey Holden

Lipsticked, magazine cover-ready women with just enough muscle tone may pass as athletes in magazines, but culturally perfect models aren't built to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter dash. In reality, women are accepted as athletes, but only when they fit a certain gendered mold.

Old Men and Plus-Sized Men Can Be Sexy Too. Said No One Ever.

Lori Day | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Lori Day

How does the democratization of female beauty actually help women transcend objectification? Isn't this in some ways an extension of the patriarchal bargain to more women?

The Big Lesson All Pop Stars Can Learn From 5SOS

Niyathi Chakrapani | Posted 10.31.2014 | Teen
Niyathi Chakrapani

It took me three run-throughs of the video to finally understand: 5SOS doesn't mean to show women as objects in this video -- it's supposed to be empowering. "Good girls" are society's image of what women should be.

The History Of The Pin-Up Girl, From The 1800s To The Present

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts

She's risqué but never explicit. She's flirtatious but fiercely independent. She's erotic but always safe for work, a welcome sight for your teenage ...

Transphobia Strikes Again on Conan

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Co-authored by Jac Cichocki The Oct. 1 episode of Conan featured a parody song sung by a man in a wig making effeminate gestures, written, performed,...

14 Times Women Were Sexed Up For Absolutely No Logical Reason

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

We live in a world saturated with images of beautiful women. And while there's absolutely nothing wrong with beauty and sex appeal, sometimes marketer...

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Rebecca Adams

Objectification Happens In Relationships Too -- And It's Serious

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

Public discourse around objectification often deals with images we see in the media, from steamy Maxim covers to gratuitously sexual Burger King ads. ...

If Fashion Ads Treated Men And Women The Same Way

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women

Hypersexualized advertisements showing women's bodies (or disembodied parts) are all too commonplace -- but would we react to these ads differently if...

A Father's Letter To Young Men About How To Treat A Woman

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

If there is a golden rule in life and in love, it is this: the quality of your love for another is always limited to the quality of the love you have for yourself.

WATCH: The Hottest Lesbian Kiss Ever

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices

You know how it goes. A group of frat bros stumble upon two girls flirting at a college party and immediately start freaking out about the possibility...

Are Katy Perry's Tour Costumes Racist?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Black Voices

Macklemore isn't the only musician to come under fire for controversial clothing on stage. Katy Perry recently got heat for her dancers' mummy cost...

Kate Van Dellen: Why I Opted for an Engagement Without the Ring

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Even the commercials where the man "gets the girl" by giving her something sparkly to wear imprints a message that women can be purchased.

Shouldn't You Be Skinnier? (and Other Opera Singer Rubbish)

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Calling a perfectly beautiful and well-shaped woman fat turns what we do into little more than a wet t-shirt contest.

The Playboy Effect: Youth, Fitness and Sexual Desire

John McElhenney | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
John McElhenney

Back in the days before the Internet, Playboy Magazine was a head rush for the imaginations of curious little boys. Finding a Playboy Magazine somewhe...

6 Things We Lose From Objectifying Women (and Men)

Neal Samudre | Posted 05.11.2014 | Women
Neal Samudre

Maybe the reason sexual objectification still occurs today is because we're not thinking of the cost we'll have to pay for it tomorrow.

A Not-So-Super Societal Standard

Beth Morrison | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Beth Morrison

Each year in late January, we have a short-lived debate about the objectification of women in advertising as corporations spend big dollars on their Super Bowl moments. Let's not forget that one of the root causes of domestic violence and sexual assault is the objectification of women.

Classifying Blue Is the Warmest Color

Noah Tsika | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Tsika

Under no circumstances will I call Blue Is the Warmest Color a "lesbian" film. Does that matter? I think so, particularly since the film has generated stories of on-set sadism that smack of over a century of movies made by men well-schooled in the cruel manipulation of women.

Silver Meadows Revisited

Larissa Archer | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
Larissa Archer

Todd Hido infuses inanimate objects with more humanity than he finds and reveals in the living women he photographs. What if he looked at a woman and considered that she might be nearly as interesting and complex as a broken chair?

Love, Republican Style!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.10.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

The PolitiChicks are a group of conservative women who claim to be covering "the most important issues and events of the day." And, apparently, one of those important issues last week was deciding who should be considered America's "hottest conservative supermen."

'Woman' Should Not Be Another Word for Sex

Charles Clymer | Posted 07.21.2013 | Women
Charles Clymer

Linguistically, "woman" is not another word for sex, of course, but culturally, the two couldn't be more intertwined.

Why I Gave Up On 'Objectify A Man' Day

Leigh Alexander | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Leigh Alexander

#Objectify has gotten much bigger than I expected. At first I was excited, but now I see the scale of the discussion and coverage is creating a number of valid risks -- and as a result, I'd like to call off the event.

It's Time for Women of Color to Talk Back

Eva Shang | Posted 02.11.2013 | Teen
Eva Shang

As a member of the SPARKteam, I recently had the privilege of becoming involved in the fight against the degradation of women in the media industry.

Why 'Hey Baby' Doesn't Work

Norma Kamali | Posted 11.11.2012 | Women
Norma Kamali

I would love for this to be a call to action for all women to free themselves of the humiliation and embarrassment of objectification in relationships...

Is This the Worst Fashion Spread Ever?

Barbara Holm | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Barbara Holm

Images of glamorized violence are abhorrent and have a negative influence on the viewer.