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Addressing the issue of objectifying women

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I have read the article “Women And Objectification: Brain Sees Men As Whole, Women In Parts (STUDY)“, and I noted that research findings suggest that the human brain (of both genders) appears to be wired to process images of women in parts rather than in whole, and the mass media has capitalised on this neuro-biological phenomenon to exploit images of women for profits at their expense, which is unfortunate.

As the article noted:

There could be evolutionary reasons that men and women process female bodies differently, Gervais said, but because both genders do it, “the media is probably a prime suspect.”

(From: “Women And Objectification: Brain Sees Men As Whole, Women In Parts (STUDY)“)

This exploitation of images of women in the mass media may perpetuate or accentuate the objectification of women in modern societies. Hence, unless men are taught to respect women for who they are intrinsically instead of discriminating them or objectifying them based on their appearance, they will continue to be sexist towards women.

I also think that in some traditional societies where both men and women wear few or no clothes, there are few or no crimes of rape or molest because the culture of respect and dignity is ingrained in the indigenous people since young over the generations. I think men in modern societies can also learn from these ancient cultures and be respectful towards women, and recognising their intrinsic value and worth as fellow human beings and fellow children of God/Universe/Great Spirit.

Women traditionally played a central role within the Aboriginal family, within Aboriginal government and in spiritual ceremonies. Men and women enjoyed considerable personal autonomy and both performed functions vital to the survival of Aboriginal communities. The men were responsible for providing food, shelter and clothing. Women were responsible for the domestic sphere and were viewed as both life-givers and the caretakers of life. As a result, women were responsible for the early socialization of children.

Traditional Aboriginal society experienced very little family breakdown. Husbands and wives were expected to respect and honour one another, and to care for one another with honesty and kindness. In matriarchal societies, such as of the Mohawk, women were honoured for their wisdom and vision. Aboriginal men also respected women for the sacred gifts which they believed the Creator had given to them.1

In Aboriginal teachings, passed on through the oral histories of the Aboriginal people of this province from generation to generation, Aboriginal men and women were equal in power and each had autonomy within their personal lives.

(From “Chapter 13 – Aboriginal Women” of “The justice system and aboriginal people”)

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