Monday, August 17, 2009

Does Female Nudity Always Objectify Women?

From Sociological Images: Does Female Nudity Always Objectify Women?:

Giorgio S. sent us a link to a news story about a feminist organization, Scottish Women’s Aid, who turned down a donation earned through the sale of a girly calendar featuring naked women. They argued that accepting the donation would be akin to supporting the sex trade. Here’s the link; it’s worth taking a look.

The story raises some great questions about when women’s nakedness is objectification. Is it always objectifying to show women’s naked bodies? Is objectification inevitable in a sexist society? Is objectification sometimes in the eye of the beholder? Or are there instances, even in a sexist society, in which women’s naked bodies might avoid objectification or, even, resist it?

The women, in this instance, are the employees of Coco’s Hair Design. Here are some stills from the video clip that give us an idea of what the calendar looked like:



More photos at the source article.