On Viewing Women as Parts

Every Day, Ordinary Women are Reduced to Sexual Body Parts by Men… and By Women.

Around here, we often point out the media images participating in the objectification of women on a daily basis. This is not new. But new research — to be published online next week in the European Journal of Social Psychology — shows that women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather than a whole. Men, on the other hand, are processed as a whole rather than the sum of their parts.

Stephanie Pappas of Live Science writes about the study, conducted by Sarah Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who says: “Everyday, ordinary women are being reduced to their sexual body parts. This isn’t just something that supermodels or porn stars have to deal with.”

The rest of the article is here.


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