Women Supporting Assault?

February 24, 2012 § 3 Comments

I am pretty positive that every female has felt the uneasiness when walking late at night with someone behind them. It is an inner, safety tactic that is ingrained into our brains from a young age. Like in the Brent Staples essay, many people have crossed to the other side of the street when feeling uncomfortable or changed their route all together. The stories and incidents are out there. We all know, have heard of, or even are victims of some type of assault from a man. It does not matter what race a guy is, if it is dark and late at night, I’m going to feel somewhat uncomfortable. I do think some racial stereotypes do enhance this feeling, but it can be found in most cases. Why do women carry this inner feeling with them? Why have there been so many cases of rape and assault to women from men?

Objectification of women is encouraged in our society. I feel that these have a direct relationship. Who gave men the idea that they can or would want to attack a woman? I believe women have. By constantly objectifying our bodies, men do not see us as actual people but rather objects for their taking. No, no one should ever attack a person against their will, but I feel that men feel that they can. Women are constantly played as the weaker sex and are here for a man’s pleasure. We all know that this is not true, but yet women are still giving in to and supporting this idea. We are allowing the degrading advertisements and encouraging the use of our bodies to get us where we want to go.

There is definitely a problem with men attacking women. But women are not helping the situation.


§ 3 Responses to Women Supporting Assault?

  • katielee87 says:

    While I agree with you that some women do objectify their bodies and that contributes to the idea that women are seen as objects, the essay “The Myth of the Sexual Athlete” brings to light some other explanations for why women are objectified. Sabo states “Many athletes accept this definition of masculinity and apply it to their relationships with women. Dating becomes a sport in itself, and ‘scoring’ or having sex with little or no emotional involvement, is a mark of masculine achievement. Sexual relationships are games in which women are seen as opponents and his scoring means her defeat.” So I also contribute the objectification of women to the “masculine” values that all originate in patriarchy.

  • I can agree in that women do play a role in supporting the objectification of themselves in advertisements, media and even daily life. It’s an invisible influence that molds our behaviors and thoughts and many women may fulfill an objectification without even realizing it or even having to believe in it personally. Women are taught all their lives to be beautiful and where do we find that information? Magazines, television, our peers, and even our mothers. Every day we are bombarded with these images and we aspire to be like them. How a woman feels “sexy” depends heavily on what we see on celebrities or models. We are told what we need to buy and what we need to wear to be defined “sexy”. So we buy the products they sell us and rarely question them. Where there is a demand, there will be a producer. So media companies will continue to sell us these products and tell us that we need all of these to look “sexy” and we eat it up. We play a role too as consumers in how women are objectified and most of the time we blame men for making us feel like we’re not beautiful enough, for having impossible standards. when in fact, we are the ones who deem us failures to our own standards.

    No doubt, raping a woman against her will is undeniably wrong but we also have to look at ourselves and the way we aspire to look. We have to question where our standards come from and be aware of the images that we are trying to project, because they may hide a more dangerous message behind these pretty girls in skimpy clothes.

  • Women are not to blame for violence perpetrated against them! No. No. No! We have to talk about this in class!

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