Self-Objectification in Women


Self-Objectificationin Women

Self-objectification tends to increase in situations that heightenawareness of a person’s physical appearance. Primarily, women andgirls are described to have an influence due to expected gender andsocial roles. According to research, not all women are equallyinfluenced as a result of hormonal, genetic, and anatomicaldifferences of a female body. However, their bodies are objectifiedand evaluated oftenly (Calogero et al., 20111). Self-objectificationin woman appear to originate from two major causes, which is theinternalization of a traditional standards of beauty translated fromthe media and sexual objectification instances they tend to face intheir lifetime. The paper, therefore, will look at how this causesresult in the consequences.

It iscommon for women to translate some of their anxieties through themedia, for instance, over their frequent sense ofself-objectification, which result into obsessive behavior in theirself-surveillance. Serious problems are in turn become severe,especially to these women and girls. Some of the end results are bodyshame, negative attitudes, anxiety towards their menstrual circles,decreased awareness of their internal body states, sexualdysfunction, depression, altered flow of consciousness, and eatingdisorders (Witt, 2010). However, how does self-objectification occurin women?

Self-objectificationoccurs, especially when a person is recognized by their body parts orbodily sexual function. Of importance is that a woman losses heridentity, and is therefore, is identified solely through their bodilyphysical characteristics (Crawford, 2006). The recognition ispurposed to elevate a feeling, which will be enjoyed by others, or tofunction as society’s sexual object. Self-objectification in womenhelps to serve as a social construct between and among individuals.However, they are known to have consequences, both direct andindirect.

Indirectconsequences are among them, self-consciousness, for example,arranging clothes or their appearance to look presentable. Directconsequences involve sexual victimization (Bolton, 2011). Inconclusion, self-objectification is therefore instances in a woman’slife that tends to increase her awareness in her surroundings. Suchinstances have however, are as a result of causes, which in turn leadto consequences, both directly and indirectly.


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