Last week, Liz Mallory wrote a great post on an issue that’s bugged me for a while: objectification of the male body. Objectification of the female body surrounds us, and as a woman, I’m well aware of it. I gnash my teeth over it and throw hissy fits about it and protest it. But objectification of the male body is wrong, too, and it can be very subtle and even pass without comment. But if I, as a female, don’t want my body to be viewed as an object, then I shouldn’t view males as objects, either.
And this principle is true in storytelling, too. Read Liz’s post and share your thoughts, either at her site or here.
Objectification, Storytelling, and the Male Body
The sexualization of women is everywhere. Hot women sell cars and stretch slinkily across billboards. Attractive actresses are cast in roles without personality or agency. Leaked nudes make magazine sales skyrocket.
The female body is worth a lot in America.
The problem isn’t that we attribute beauty to a woman. The problem is when that attribute becomes the sole piece of information we know or care about in regards to her.