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.
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.
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.