Sexual Objectification: The Concept Of Objectification In Modern Society

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INTRODUCTION The first years of the twenty first century have been marked by the rise of a global economy and Third World consumerism. The Digital Revolution which began around the nineteen eighties also continues into the present. Mankind has achieved heights beyond imagination. The horizon of his accomplishments has no limits. Though he acquired everything, he failed to understand and appreciate his fellow beings. It is a controversy that even an educated; wise man cannot respect and treat women as a human being rather than an object. Simone de Beauvoir says in her work The Second Sex, “In women on the contrary there is from the beginning a conflict between her autonomous existence and her objective self, her ‘being- the other’, she is taught that to please she must try to please, she must make herself object, she should therefore renounce her autonomy. She is treated like a live doll and is refused liberty (308)”. From childhood, a girl is taught to be an object rather than a human being. The fate designed for a girl is to be an object. ‘No one is born, but rather…show more content…
Objectification more broadly means treating a person as a commodity or an object; without regard to their personality or dignity. Objectification is most commonly examined at the level of a society, but can also refer to the behaviour of the individual. The concept of sexual objectification and in particular, the objectification of women, is an important idea in feminist theory and psychological theories derived from feminism. Many feminists regard sexual objectification as deplorable and as playing an important role in gender inequality. However, some social commentators argue that some modern women objectify themselves as an expression of their empowerment over men, while others argue that increased sexual freedom for women and for gay and bisexual men has led to increase of the objectification of

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