For those of you who aren’t familiar with human rights organisation Object, you can find them here at www.object.org.uk.
Object work tirelessly in challenging the sexual objectification of women in the media and popular culture and raise awareness of the links between sex object culture and sexism ‘because of the need to tackle the attitudes underpinning inequality and violence against women’.
They claim ‘sex object culture’ has been driven by the mainstreaming of the porn and sex industries and has been highlighted as a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women’ (End Violence Against Women Coalition 2008).
Their latest report ‘Joining Up The Dots‘ is a comprehensive study which provides evidence supporting these arguments. Not only does it link the sexual objectifcation of women to violence, it also links it to low self-esteem, eating disorders, plastic surgery, sexual bullying, sexual relations, sexist attitudes, gender stereotypin and the perception of women and racism.
However, despite the UK having international and domestic human rights obligations to tackle the sexualisation of women and gender stereotyping in the media and popular culture, nothing is being done about it. It’s still big business and still being allowed to thrive.
It’s a must-read for all but especially for the doubters out there.