Being Objectified When You’re Not Used To It

This interesting piece by Alyssa Rosenberg describes how singer D’Angelo experienced the objectification of his body and didn’t like it. It seems a simple point, but as Rosenberg notes, the usual gender construction whereby men are not being objectified constantly “implies that you shouldn’t be affected by how other people perceive your body. It’s a perspective that makes men feel better about ogling, about demanding. If it’s flattery, there’s no ugly undertone to it.” If someone who’s not used to being objectified experiences it and reacts so negatively, is it any wonder that women, who are objectified constantly, have so much trouble with body image?

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.