Do women want to be objectified?

20 Nov

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While I was taking a homework break, I stumbled on an interview with Cameron Diaz. She was saying how she believes stripping down is empowering, and how all women secretly want to be objectified.

“I think every woman does want to be objectified,” the 40-year-old Diaz said. “There’s a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it’s healthy.”

Diaz related it to being comfortable stripping down for the camera.  “I’m not some young girl with the photographer going, ‘Will you take your clothes off?’ I’m like [mimes stripping], ‘How does this look?’ They’re like, ‘Today we’re not going to put anything other than bras and heels on you,’ and I’m like, ‘These heels are not high enough.'”

She argued that as long as she’s in control of it, she’s happy being objectified because its apart of her femininity.

Do women want to be desired? Of course, men do too. It’s a natural human longing to be wanted based on your sexual appeal. But objectified?… Being stripped of your human traits to some sex object in the eyes of a man is exactly why sexual assault and rape happens… Denying seeing a sexy woman as a human being is what leads to the pervasiveness of sexism in society.

Women shouldn’t like being objectified, they should like being seen as a woman: sexy, smart, strong, someone with a personality…not an object. So when Cameron Diaz says all women want to be objects, she’s not talking about me.

What do you guys think?

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4 Responses to “Do women want to be objectified?”

  1. Clark Kent November 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    The beauty that can be experienced in a moment can feel miraculous with connection in it. It also can be seen the way you suggest by someone who is living entirely in their mind not to see the beauty in it, and will think it is a sign that someone wants something entirely they don’t want that can result in rape, assault, or anything else that could take that moment and make it a tragedy! But if you see a beautiful woman naked with heels on, the essence of her beauty is folded inside of nature to be a part of natures beauty that can take your breathe away or make you focus on that breath you are taking that connects you to her. That can make you feel beauty. It is not about sex, not about dominance, or anything the mind makes it, it connects the beauty to what is seen. Let’s say this is a man who is physically fit with beautiful eyes! It doesn’t mean you want that man or would do as I stated before if your mind was making thoughts of things you would do to that man! See it is no different. The essence of the man is what you see, as beautiful as it is, as wonderful as it can be in folded in nature in the same way. I feel her objectified is in this form of what she is saying hence what I felt while reading it. I feel you have experienced it as have I! It does leave it up to the person to make up the mind what she is saying. But without thought knowing the beauty that is Cameron Diaz I would say she was referring to this way of being! I remember the first time I saw her.. she was breath taking to look at. It was in the movie the Mask with Jim Carrey! It was a mixture of sexual and sensual site to see her. But it wasn’t with thought it was with objectivity in beauty! Great post my friend!

  2. msuworld November 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    objectified means as a symbol of sex only ?

  3. suggestivetongue November 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    We think men/women saying “nice tits” is objectification because they’re sexualized bits. I personally consider it admiration. It’s how you get the message across that matters. If someone politely says “you have really beautiful tits” it’s received differently than a stranger shouting “nice sweater puppies bitch!” from across the street.

  4. runesandrhinestones November 21, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I think objectify is the wrong word entirely here. Yes we want to be desired, but being objectified removes all your personality and good traits and flaws, and leaves you just being stared at while you passively receive it.

    It’s different for her – she talks about encouraging adoration by standing in front of a camera, and for her her desirability is an important part of who she is. Fine, if that makes her happy I wouldn’t want to take it away from her, but for the girls on the street who get scared and uncomfortable with the attention it isn’t fine and shouldn’t be touted as such. Stripping down and feeling confident is great, and I wish many more young women were able to feel comfortable with their looks. I feel like she is just a beneficiary of benevolent sexism.

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