The Importance Of Sexual Objectification Of Women

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Sexual objectification refers to perceiving and viewing an individual as an object existing only for their sexual gratification (Malik). Sexual objectification of women occurs when their body or body parts are distinguished and separated from her as a person and she is perceived fundamentally as a physical object to fulfill the sexual desire of males (Szymanski, et al.). As the American Psychological Association (APA) outlines, sexual objectification also arises when the value of a person only comes from their sexual behavior or appeal while other features are excluded. However, both men and women have been objectified in different ways, but women’s objectification sexually has shown to be more rampant (Davies). In such cases, the woman is not seen as an individual with the capability of independent decision making and action. In the American culture, sexual objectification of women is rampant, especially in the media where women are portrayed as decorative bodies to be seen. The question, are women sexually objectified throughout American culture today? The answer is yes and what could the US government do to solve this problem? It will be difficult for the U.S. government to solve this without in violation of spirit of the U.S. Constitution. This normative culture portrays women in a manner that emphasizes their body parts, bodies, and appearance.
Women have been defined as objects for centuries. According to the APA task force report, objectification of women has been
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