The norm of objectifying MEN

Recently the objectification of women was brought up and this got me thinking.

Many people realise the very real problem of objectifying women across a number of media platforms as well as in our society itself; however, how often do people recognise that male objectification exists parallel and just as negative?

In my opinion it appears common for someone to scold somebody else, most likely a man, for “objectifying” or “being sexist” towards a woman. What they say may not be one-hundred percent PC but arguing that they’re being sexist can be a bit of an overreaction. Simple remarks towards one’s preferences and likes in terms of the opposite gender shouldn’t be considered as objectification unless it is specifically degrading to women. People are allowed to emote opinions.

The thing that annoys me the most has got to be when a woman makes “objectifying” comments about men regarding his size (in all forms), what his occupancy is, if he drives a car or not and nobody stands up and says: “wait a second, that’s objectifying men!”. No, it just passes by as a normality of our society. Isn’t it wrong to value someone only by their physical appearance no matter what gender? Yet it happens everyday in women’s magazines. A man will say something simple like “I don’t like gingers” or “skinny blondes are better”. Now people are entitled to flipping tables because women have been objectified.

o-fashion-ads-570There’s more to us than torsos.

Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with comments that degrade women AND men, but what really annoys me is this ideology that men can’t be objectified. This is simply not true, describing a man by what he does, what he wears, the size of his you know what IS objectification.

Alexander Jones

P.S I understand the significance of female oppression in the media, I may even make a post about it however it is rare to find anyone stick up for the sexism against males and that’s what I’m trying to get across.

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Author: alexwelsh95

Magazine journalism trainee. Journalism, media and cultural studies graduate, Cardiff University.

4 thoughts on “The norm of objectifying MEN”

  1. Sexism of all forms should be called out not just against men or women, it’s just as bad to be left unchallenged in every case. From personal experience it’s often dangerous to call out sexism because of the real fear that women live in of being attacked because of their gender, so misogyny on the street goes unchallenged in the interests of our safety. When you realise that women over the world get shot, stoned, arrested for calling out sexism it puts your privileged position into perspective. We should support and protect anyone who calls out sexism regardless of their gender.

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    1. “Your”? Bit of a broad sweeping statement if you mean all men. Also you’re going terribly out of your way to try and make a point which is unnecessary. I agree with what you are saying, I am highlighting a specific problem. You don’t expect me to write a small post detailing all instances of sexism do you? Also do you often think about the consequences the many images of strong men with six-packs and good looks have on the male population? That’s what I’m trying to target.

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  2. Interesting – but who is more vulnerable & likely to be damaged by this “objectifying” ? Are women doing themselves a disservice by complaining , and thereby compounding the idea that they are the weaker sex??
    With freedom of speech should we all be able to comment if we see/admire someone whatever the sex?

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    1. It is clear that both genders receive many of the same pressures which are forced by the media, for example regarding physical fitness and stereotypical ideology.
      I think in some cases if you acknowledge that there is inequality you can sometimes support it by restating the fact that you may be in a weaker position.
      With freedom of speech people should be allowed to make comments about things they like and dislike, there’s no harm in that. However if someone begins to make remarks that are linked to stereotypes or are in any way degrading to that person then the comment is harmful and best be avoided. The problem is many people don’t have filters to stop themselves from saying something inappropriate and they know may offend someone.

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