This is a comment by Quadruple A on the post “Too Much Ado About Women’s Asses – Equity Doesn’t Enter Into the Picture“.
Joanna Schroeder originally said:
“Objectification is natural, it’s even necessary. If you feel desire over Ryan Lochte’s appearance, you’re naturally going to make an object of desire out of him – because he can’t be more to you. You can’t know him, you can’t build a solid foundation of friendship or love with him. This is normal behavior.”
Quadruple A responded:
Well we might all tend to ‘objectify’ persons to some degree. And whether we admit it or not when we appreciate beauty we do perceive a ‘more’ to it. That is really what we are expressing when we say ‘beauty’ in the first place because beauty implies some kind of ‘meaningfulness’ which is more than just saying ‘that appearance is pleasant to my tastes.’ We sense that physical beauty symbolizes an inner more imperceptible quality.
“Whether or not that quality implies some kind of limitation on the freedom of an individual obviously is a question of some not inconsiderable concern but the fact is that is how we perceive beauty. I think this appreciation for beauty can be appreciated by both sexes with regard to both sexes but there is a particularly different way in which female beauty is appreciated.”
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