Sunday, May 06, 2007

"Objectifying yourself" is an oxymoron

An AlterNet article (via) about the feminist politics of stripping starts with these seven words:
If a woman chooses to objectify herself...
And I have to object immediately. If to be objectified is for a human body to be stripped of its humanity and treated like any other object in space, I don't know how we can speak of a woman objectifying herself. One may submit to or encourage their own objectification, but they cannot make themself into a simple object (except perhaps by suicide or unconsciousness). It is only the observer, the objectifier, who has the power to deny the reality of the human being that animates a human body.
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