Objectification For The Win?

Excellent article from Anita Finlay re Dove’s admirable efforts to demonstrate how women view their physical appearance, and in many cases apparently, are quite inaccurate when they do so.

She also discusses some of the recent debate over whether a performer like Beyonce is helping or hurting- is this a victory of sorts for women (and our young girls)? Is Beyonce an example of a woman ‘taking charge of her sexuality’, or is she only a willing participant in the same ‘ol?

This is what women are bombarded with every day.  How many young girls are influenced when they see ensembles like this from one of our most talented and popular female artists? Beyoncé is a gifted performer and by all accounts, a lovely and generous person.  She is more than enough without dressing like a pole dancer.  Beyoncé may convince herself and us that she is merely celebrating her sexuality in these outfits but it is hard to see how this is not as much for the purpose of industry as artistry.

Whatever media depictions are currently at work socially or politically, to be infested with a particular type of thinking on a daily basis is to become brainwashed by it.

And that is exactly why our family is very selective of the media we allow in our home. With our girls now 9 and 3, this makes sense to a lot of people. But the argument you hear at times is that it becomes more difficult, if not impossible as they grow. They are exposed to things you can’t control (when outside of the home apparently). I acknowledge this, and agree it is mostly unavoidable. But along the lines of Ms. Finlay’s quote above, it’s not so much the occasional exposure I’m worried about or intend to guard against, it’s the frequency.

If the studies are right about repetition, I think it makes sense to keep that exposure to a minimum. Further, as parents, we set the standard. The world is the world and yes, we must exist in it, but I’m not required to implicitly endorse it by putting out the welcome mat.

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” vs. Beyoncé and Big Media – Objectification Wins Every Time