Why Objectifying People is a Problem
Objectification in western society is so common that we don’t even respond to it. It’s an accepted norm.
We talk about celebrities as if they aren’t real people with real feelings. We post photos of strangers in Walmart with captions so others can laugh at them.
Young, scantily clad women to sell everything from travel to beer. We date by swiping right, as if we can order up the person that want on a menu.
This leads to increases in plastic surgery, mental health issues, entitlement, sexual harassment, rape, human trafficking, murder, and loneliness. It’s hard to feel connected or like life has meaning when we’re treated like objects and treating others like objects.
Could You Be Contributing to the Problem?
This problem is so common that we may not even know that we’re contributing to it. Here are some tell tale signs:
Catcalling or making comments about a person’s (often a stranger) sexual appearance or desirability.Seeing people as a means to gratify your sexual desires, advancement, entertainment, status, pleasure, needs, or life in some other way.Lack of boundaries. You feel entitled to do what you want, when you want, how you want, and with whom you want.Criticizing others. You think that others need to live up to your standards. They exist to please you. Focusing on what someone has to offer. It’s all about what you can get.No empathy. You don’t notice whether they have feelings or not and don’t care what they think.
Most of us yearn for true connection, belonging, and safety. You can’t have that with an object.
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