Do you think men are starting to be increasingly pressured to look a certain way worldwide just like women have had to deal with for decades? Are men going to have to deal with looking towards an ideal they can't hope to match? How do you think this will effect gender dynamics in the future? Will more men start to be able to identify with the objectification of women?
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- NoVote B
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The short answer (tl;dr): Somewhat, at an interpersonal [micro] level, which will likely not be harmful to cis-straight men.
Sexual objectification is deeply rooted within our culture and is a core pillar of misogyny. To say that the sexualization of men (or increasing beauty standards) is at the same damaging level as the objectification of women would be inaccurate and dishonest. In fact, I consider this claim to be a tool of distraction as opposed to honest concern, used to devalue the feelings of women who have been so overtly and viciously objectified.
Some will argue that men are objectifies in commercials/ads show men hardly dressed, in a sexual manner, but you have to understand the full context of that depiction versus the context and purpose of women displayed sexually. You’ll find that many depictions of men in this manner are often tongue in cheek, but even in this context he will normally be shown in full form, fully aware and in control of what he is doing in the scene – whereas women are often shot without their heads in the same screen (see: women’s volleyball filming complaints), or they are shown only from the back.
Now, keep in mind that there are 10 parts to sexual objectification:
Instrumentality, denial of autonomy, inertness, fungibility (the treatment of a person as interchangeable with other objects), violability, ownership, denial of subjectivity, reduction to body, reduction to appearance, silencing, lacking the capacity to speak.
You’ll find that the objectification of women has had a very real [damaging] role in the treatment of ALL women, of all ages (including toddlers), whereas the objectification of men does not. Consider all of the girls who are suspended from school for wearing tank tops to “avoid having their male peers distracted”.
Sexualized women (again, of ALL ages) are seen as less worthy, as stupid, as useless for anything outside of sex. They are inherently considered inferior and not worth any sympathy. Examples: theconversation.com/sexualised-girls-are-seen-as-less-intelligent-and-less-worthy-of-help-than-their-peers-46537
The objectification of women denies that women have thoughts, feelings, and rights. It dehumanizes them. The woman does not matter – her body is the only thing she is worth – her well-being, safety, feels, and rights are inherently lessened by her sexualization. (more to come)7