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no wonder they treat us as sex objects…

Considering our recent discussions about lad’s mags, I found this article in The Guardian particularly interesting.

“…It is no wonder a lot of men now genuinely believe that women want to be treated as sex objects. Who could blame them when so many of us have internalised an exhibitionistic ideal of our own objectification?”

- No wonder men treat us as sex objects if we act like this, by Decca Aitkenhead, Thursday September 13, 2007.

Why do some young women want to send in tacky photographs of themselves to a magazine for men to judge, gawk at and wank over? Is there a different reasoning behind a woman who chooses to be a model, stripper or porn star as her career?

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4 thoughts on “no wonder they treat us as sex objects…

  1. Sounds like a “Female Chauvanist Pigs” idea, the book written by Ariel Levy. Both writers have a point – magazines like Cleo and Cosmo encourage values of exhibiting sexuality, casual sex, and having sex like men do. Not only does it leave men to assume that we do like this kind of behaviour, but leaves a large number of women behind who would rather not take their clothes off for cash. Where does it leave them? As freaks? Spinsters? The scary F-word: feminists?
    Yes, it’s not just men who are guilty in this game, unfortunately. Many women have taken the freedoms feminism brought, I think, a little too far. However, how is it to change when many women rely on such ideals as jobs, lifestyles and morals that guide their ideas of who they are and who men are?

  2. However, how is it to change when many women rely on such ideals as jobs, lifestyles and morals that guide their ideas of who they are and who men are?

    Well they should grow their own brains and stop acting like sheep baaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  3. “magazines like Cleo and Cosmo encourage values of exhibiting sexuality, casual sex, and having sex like men do. Not only does it leave men to assume that we do like this kind of behaviour”

    Some women do….

  4. I agree with Freida, some women do.
    also, i thought that Anonymous’s comment was damn alienating.
    Women exsist who are in the sex industry with a feminist agenda.
    (http://anniesprinkle.org/)
    (http://www.eroticred.com/)
    Perhaps it is part of some women’s sexuality? It is certainly part of mine. Did you know that stigma against sex workers such as strippers and porn stars comes not so much from men as it does from other women, and sex-negative feminists. This is not feminism. Women should be our allies, regardless of thier sexual choices as consenting adults. not bleated at. -__-

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