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"Either intentionally or not, are we putting unrealistic, unwanted, and unfair roles onto women (or any objectified group) that do meet the objectified standard and also on those that do not (either by choice or chance)" - SideBA few days ago I stumbled upon the online article "5 Ways Modern Men are Trained to Hate Women" by David Wong at Cracked.com. I used a few lines from the article to illustrate a point on some of the potential harm of this objectification in a comment to previous post.
"From birth we're taught that we're owed a beautiful girl... So it's very frustrating, and I mean frustrating to the point of violence, when we don't get what we're owed. A contract has been broken.." - David Wong
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"Her face is so ugly you can smash it into some dough and make gorilla cookies."The fact that this person is US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kegan raises an important question - regardless of politics, she is a strong legal professional that earned a seat on the highest court and why are we discrediting her on her appearance? If her legal and political beliefs and backgrounds matched the holders of those statements, would she have been "hotter", or at least her appearance not even be mentioned?
"So fugly, I'd say 'don't even look'!!!"
"At least Medusa was modestly attractive by comparison."
"This person is disgusting and I would never trust 'it's' opinion on ANYTHING!"
In another example he exposes the vitriol thrown at Christina Aguilera due to her changes in weight by comparing it to comments that would be said about an overweight male celebrity.
"fuck her! I have a full-time job, go to grad school full-time, cook at home every night and still find time to get my ass to the gym. lazy ass fat bitch ..."
"Don't get me wrong -- if it's a male celebrity in the article, you'll get lots of people making fun of his fatness. If it's a female, you get anger. She owes it to us to be pretty. That's the social contract as we've understood it from the time we were toddlers." - David WongNow it is time to take a breath and step back. I am a firm believer in shades of grey (and not of the 50 shades either). Not all men are like this. I can't stand certain politicians that are female, but I don't go around saying "She is the (see statements above)". Most guys I know wouldn't either. I do know though that like most humans I will go back into my head and have a flash thought that may not be too far off of those hateful expressions. These thoughts are almost knee-jerk reactions that I don't act on and try to dismiss quickly. They are similar to those racist, religious, or other hateful thoughts that we pick up over a life time. We don't believe them or try to deny them at a higher level of thought, but they flare into our conscious for a short moment before our rational mind squashes them.
Many of these issues are why I started my art series, IOW. I wont speak for society, but by my creating the photos I do, am I worsening the problem, acknowledging a truth and exposing it to the light, or just being a human?
What say you on all this??