How the Objectification Double-Standard Hurts Guys Too

Well, I try to write relevant things for this blog. I keep as up-to-date as I can with geek culture. But since Batman Vs. Superman is out and nothing else should be coming out until next week, I have no other choice.

I’m opening this proverbial can of worms and giving my own thoughts on objectification.

Objectification, by my definition, is the demotion of someone or something into a mere object, typically one intended for sex. While many blame the writers and directors of a movie/TV series/video game/anime for objectifying women, I see the act of objectification as something done by the audience. Not that the writers and directors are beyond making it easier for us.

Objectification, likewise, is a major criticism against media, made by Christians and non-Christians alike. Aside from it’s clashing with the ever-present nostalgia filter, Transformers and TMNT were panned by the audience and critics because they objectified actress Megan Fox. In Star Wars, the two movies that are appreciated the least out of each of their respective trilogies are the ones that coincidentally had the lead actress in some kind of revealing garb.

Some of you may be saying, “Yes, I get it. Objectification is bad. Let our women be people.”

I agree with you, but what about our men? Our actors are objectified as much as our actresses. Maybe not in the same way, but again I see objectification as an act done by the audience. This is the “Objectification Double-Standard”: a man can walk past the camera shirtless and everyone’s fine with it, but heaven forbid if that lady shows another inch of skin…you get the idea.

One problem that critics and audience members have with objectification is that it shows the director’s views on women. But, with the double-standard in mind, I think it shows our views on everyone. TV, film, etc. paints a world where all the women are supermodels and all the men are muscular warriors. This poses a problem for both guys and girls, because we are being shown how we need to look to be universally accepted as a man or a woman.

The fact that objectification is an issue shows that our views on what it means to be a man or a woman need correcting.

But, that’s just my thoughts on the subject.


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