Malice 2

Excellent article on objectification of women in photos

They kind of had me when they quoted Martha Nussbaum to structure the objectification / subjectification dichotomy.. Nussbaum says:

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum has said that objectification “includes denial of autonomy, denial of subjectivity. Not taking people’s feelings into account, but also treating them as a mere instrument.”

The article goes on to give two examples, one of an objectified woman in a photo and one in a subjectified woman — and explains the differences, including the way the photo is posed, cropped, the background and other considerations.

It’s brilliant — and an important means of deciding which images are empowering and which are objectifying.


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August 11, 2013 · 1:02 pm

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