Men Are Sexually Objectified And They Don’t Even Know It
It’s about time everyone admitted that sexual objectification goes on just as much in relation to men as it does with women, says Bryony Latham
I am getting pretty sick of all these feminist campaigns that fight for women who are being sexually objectified. This is not news! It has been going on forever and it happens every day. Whether it’s on Page 3 or simply walking down the street in a skirt that is probably too short, there is no difference between the men and women who strip off to be ogled at.
Sexual objectification is the reduction of people to physical objects of sexual desire, it cannot be stopped. And I don’t think it should be…
Females scantily clad in sky-scraper heels are no different from men with chiselled (and suspiciously oiled) bodies that you can find in almost every glamorous magazine. Each month famous men are rated: “who’s hottest?” and “who has the best torso?”
It’s about time that everyone admitted that sexual objectification goes on just as much in relation to men as it does with women.
Sex sells. It sells in the cheapo magazines that we read for procrastination, the television shows that we all bond over before a seminar (“whos’ the fittest guy in Made in Chelsea?”), the new Tinder app which lets you pick, within a matter of seconds, whether you definitely would or would not, and of course the irritatingly anti-climactic charity calendars that are reeled out by the SU societies.
Advertising is adapting to an environment where women want to be seen as equal, so the objectification of men is occurring more often to equip women with the power that they want and allow them to pour their eyes over beautiful men!
We’re all as bad as each other. But with the fuss over the fight for the end of sexual objectification of women, it is easy to forget that men have it just as bad. Why not fight for the end of all sexual objectification or just stop the fight completely? It doesn’t make sense.
Every time that women berate a man for giving them “the eye”, only to later stalk the hottest guys from their halls on Facebook and rate them out of ten on appearance, it makes them out to be hypocrites. But this will never change.
How do we stop sexual objectification? You will have to try to be unattractive: don’t wear your nice clothes that you get for Christmas, slump your shoulders, perhaps refrain from the odd shower and make sure that you do not ever show body confidence. Ultimately, doesn’t this just contribute to us being more ashamed of our bodies? Perhaps it’s better to become a nudist…