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A lot of the commentary about the recent film Blue Is the Warmest Color -- in particular, its steamy lesbian sex scenes -- has focused on the issue of objectification. The director of the movie is male, and many reviewers -- both male and female, it should be noted -- have questioned his male gaze. Some people question whether it's even possible for a man to film two women making love without objectifying them.
Well, what does it actually mean to objectify women? Literally, the objectifier (usually a man) sees the object of his desire (usually a woman) as a thing rather than a person -- a thing without feelings, experience, thoughts, or autonomy. But do naked images, whether still or moving, automatically lead to objectification? Some scientists decided to take to the lab and find out.
As reported in the New York Times, some studies have found that when we view people's bodies, as opposed to their faces, we judge them as "less intelligent, less ambitious, less competent andRead More »from Do Naked Images Always Lead to Objectification?