This comment is from wellokaythen on the post “On Objectification.”
“I’m glad someone finally made this point, that there’s a difference between thinking someone is attractive and thinking that person is just an object. There’s a difference between seeing a person as HAVING a body and seeing that person as ONLY a body. Insofar as objectification exists, it happens along a spectrum. There is in fact quite a huge gap between noticing a woman’s body and taking away all of her humanity.
People have bodies. Our minds and personalities travel around in them all the time. I’m not sure what the alternative is to noticing someone’s physical characteristics, except blinding ourselves or trying to impose rigid internal thought control. Perhaps if we could get past the Pauline Christian/Cartesian dualism of mind and body as segregated things, we would be a little more comfortable in our skins.
Besides, I don’t see why the human brain can’t appreciate multiple aspects at the same time. It is in fact possible to feel more than one thing at the same time, contrary to stereotypes about men only being able to hold one thought at a time.
I sometimes wonder if objectification is something that blind men do as well as sighted men. Do blind men objectify a woman’s voice and sounds and scent? And if so, is this just as “bad,” or is it somehow less superficial because it’s not using visual inputs? Anyone out there know anything about this?”
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