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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Every morning, Joan meticulously does her makeup and hair and puts on a skintight dress.
The men in her office take notice and are quick with the catcalls and sexual comments. Rather than becoming embarrassed or angry, for the most part Joan finds the attention invigorating. Her hourglass figure is a source of power that she wields intentionally. Objectification occurs when one person treats another like a thing or commodityignoring his or her humanity and dignity.
Objectifying a woman reduces her worth down to her physical appearance. Experiencing objectification from strangers may be particularly demeaning because unknown others never have the opportunity to dig deeper and truly know the woman as a person.
But what happens when it happens within a close, romantic relationship? To determine exactly how frequently American women perceive it happeningresearchers contacted participants throughout the day via a smartphone app. Young women reported experiencing objectification themselves an average of once every two days, most typically in the form of a sexual gaze — someone checking them out or staring at their bodies.
The women reported seeing other women being objectified even more frequently, a little over once a day. Perhaps due to its frequency, sexual objectification of women may seem normal. According to objectification theorywomen often take objectifying comments to heart and use them to evaluate themselves. As damaging as these comments and views can be, what does it mean for women when their romantic partners objectify them too?
To address this question, psychologist Laura Ramsey and colleagues from Bridgewater State University conducted three studies to determine how being objectified by a male romantic partner affects women. In the first study, the researchers recruited women in heterosexual relationships: 9. They all responded to multiple prompts that fell into three. Women whose responses indicated more partner objectification were less satisfied with their relationship — even when the women reported that they enjoyed being sexualized. This suggests that despite liking sexualized attention, it may encourage objectification from a male partner, which may ultimately undermine the relationship.
Clearly those sound bad for objectification.
To explore the role of sexual desire in objectification, Ramsey and her colleagues asked women to respond to the same three measures from the first study. Additionally, they asked the women about how much sexual desire they felt from their partner. These confirmed that feeling sexually desired by their partners did relate to greater relationship satisfaction. Rather, feeling sexually desired went along with greater perceived objectification by the partner.
These findings suggest that feeling desired is not synonymous with objectification and each has different implications for satisfaction. But what about the Joan Holloways of the world who knowingly emphasize their appearance and sexuality?
Given the voluntary nature of their self-objectification, would any negative effects it had on the relationship be attenuated? As before, enjoyment of sexualized attention coincides with objectification from the partner, which is associated with less relationship satisfaction. In short, wanting sexualized attention seems to create an environment that fosters objectification.
Unfortunately, greater objectification also means the relationship suffers. These surveys make clear that women who experience objectification from their male partners are less satisfied in their relationships. On the surface, the solution seems simple: Men should avoid objectifying their female partners. But the research also indicates that men engage in objectification more when their partner likes being sexualized and when women objectify themselves.
Intentionally or not, women who enjoy sexualized attention may seek out males who objectify them to fulfill that need. But the problem is that objectification ends up undermining women, not providing the empowerment they seek. This research shows that holds true in the intimate confines of their romantic relationships, as well as at work and on the street. Recognize objectification for the disrespectful thought process it is.
Then identify more positive ways you both can express sexual desire. Ultimately that should lead to a happier and more satisfying relationship. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. Authors Gary W.Just looking for a women to pleasure
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