Ted Talk: Sexual Objectification.
Sexual objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like a sex object, one that serves another’s sexual pleasure.
Sex Object test: If any answer is Yes, the image shows a sex object.
- Does the image show only part(s) of a sexualized person’s body?
- Does the image present a sexualized person as a stand-in for an object?
- Does the image show a sexualized person as interchangeable?
- Does the image affirm the idea of violating the bodily integrity of a sexualized person that can’t consent?
- Does the image suggest that sexual availability is the defining characteristic of the person?
- Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity (something that can be bought and sold?)
- Does the image treat a sexualized body as a canvas?
Sexual objectification is not empowering because of the difference between being a subject and being an object. Subjects act, objects are acted upon. There is no power in limiting yourself to being acted upon.
If women can have it all, why are they still angry?
By Hannah Weinberger, Special to CNN
In a stroke of brilliance, Jessica Valenti has named a new trope: Sad White Babies with Mean Feminist Mommies. The trope offers a visual “no” to the question that won’t die, “Can women have it all?” It serves as a cautionary tale to all the ambitious feminist ladies out there: go right ahead, get a good job, but don’t think for a second that you’re doing the right thing for your (future) child. Thanks to Larry H. and Zeynep A. for sending it in!
Here’s a collection borrowing from Valenti and my own Google Image search for “working mother”:
I am a FAAB, femme-presenting genderqueer person. This means that I rarely, if ever, pass as anything other than female. And since I am almost always read as female by strangers, they treat me as if I were a woman.
This means that I, too, get catcalls and wolf whistles.
Elmhurst College says the move is in line with its mission to increase campus diversity.
Here’s the question on the application for those students hoping to attend Elmhurst College in the fall of 2012: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” The three multiple-choice answers: “Yes,” “No” and “Prefer Not to Answer.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the addition of the question to the school’s application makes the college the first in the U.S. to ask potential students directly about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
School officials say that, like questions about race or religion, the question is completely optional and will have no impact on an applicants’ chances of admission. Still, those who answer “yes” may be eligible for a scholarship worth up to one-third of the cost of tuition, according to the paper.
I think that’s interesting. I definitely have to give it to the school’s trustees for taking on an initiative for an LGBT centered scholarship. Only because I know how political and bureaucratic (random fact, I hate the word bureaucracy - its my #1 hardest word to spell) trustee decisions can get and I don’t know if I see this passing at my school. But then again we did just institute gender neutral housing so perhaps this is a wave across the nations liberal arts schools…
Interesting tidbit from the article, apparently at the University of Pennsylvania, students who write in their application essay that they are gay can be paired with a mentor… hmm
Obviously, as an atheist, I treasure skepticism. It is my mechanism by which I make my own choices. An important part of skepticism is the act of searching for truth, facts, figures, and anything else to help make up our own decisions and inform opinions instead of just “forming” opinions. Within feminism, skepticism could be utilized greatly to give more “legitimate” weight within debates. While debates “should not” be considered completely essential to feminism, until patriarchal societies are not the norm, they are an integral part of consciousness raising on a person-to-person basis.
New contribution from Elizabeth Sturgeon, of VomitsHerMind.
This is a great read, highly recommend it!
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