Sexual Objectification vs Empowerment
Okay, let's talk a bit about the way that we see women in the media chomas. When I talk about "women in the media" I mean women on TV, in magazines, in music etc. These days, it would be understandable if you feel a bit confused about the way you see women in the media. You might be wondering: "Is she being treated as an object or is she just embracing her body and not caring what anyone thinks?"
Let's be honest, there are still a lot of people who think that a woman or girl who covers up her body is a decent woman/girl while a woman or girl who shows off her body (showing more skin) is seen as being "loose". Yet, when we watch TV, browse the internet or look at magazines, we see that women who show more skin in a 'sexy' way are shown quite a bit, especially if they are in entertainment or advertising.
Things can get a bit confusing when you're trying to decide if it's better for women to cover up so that they are not seen as "objects" or show as much skin as they want in order to be empowered. But what does it mean to be seen as an object and what does it mean to be empowered?
This has to do with the issue of women being treated as objects. Sexual objectification is seeing a person simply as an object. You admire them just for their body, not their personality and individuality. Common examples of objectification could be pornography, prostitution and the way women are represented in the media. In this case, the person who is being objectified has less power over the way they are seen or treated.
Empowerment is having ownership of your body. It’s not about dressing a certain way because you think that it would make you more sexually desired or more attractive. Empowerment is about being responsible for you own self-image, being comfortable with what you put out there in a way that celebrates who you are, not a way that tries to get others to look at you simply as an object of desire.
When you think about empowerment chomas, think about the word POWER. Being empowered means that you have the power. If you dress a certain way that makes you comfortable and embraces who you are, then that could be an example of being empowered.
So if you're looking at someone and wondering whether they are being seen as objects or whether they are being empowered, ask yourself, who has the power? If they are simply being displayed and looked at for their bodies, or if they are purposefully doing things in order to be looked at for their bodies then that might be sexual objectification.
If they have the power and are embracing themselves and their bodies without needing people to admire them sexually, then they are probably empowered.
It's a bit of a fine line chomas, but just remember that it is better to be empowered than to be treated like an object because empowerment means that you are in control. It also means that you are confident and comfortable with yourself.
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