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The Importance Of Sexual Objectification

What is sexual objectification? Under what circumstances (if any) might it be morally permissible?
Sexual objectification refers to the way in which a person sexually reduces another by treating them as a mere sex object (Halwani). Sexual objectification is rarely referred to as a benign topic, though throughout this evaluation, an enlightened, thou broad range of opinions are discussed emphasising the ambiguity of the term in relation to the morality of sexual objectification. Halwani’s definition only embraces ‘treatment’ and or the ‘behavioural’ aspects of sexual objectification, nevertheless Halwani recognises that the process by which someone is sexually objectified occurs most frequently throughout the following scenarios: During casual sex, as the parties desire nothing more than the others body party, essentially their sexual parts. When we look at naked pictures of people and become intrigued by their sexual aspects. Engaging in pornography, as the material already objectifies it’s actors as models (Halwani). Perving on a person’s bodily features such a “her booty” as he or she walks by. Catcalling, by reducing the person solely to their physical appearances and lastly, fantasising about someone, as it objectifies them solely on their physical appearances and can in turn symbolise men or women holistically (Halwani, 2010, pp 186). Allowing for a broader discussion in relation to when sexual objectification is morally permissible (if ever), idea’s constructed by Immanuel Kant, Martha Nussbaum and David Soble are broadly evaluated in order to construct when sexual objectification is permissible.
When a person is sexually objectified by another, ones dignity and humanity is reduced by handling them solely based on their phy...

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...ted in a marriage cannot be sexually objectified and treated in an impermissible way. Though contradictory of Kant’s views of sexual objectification, Nussbaum believes sexual objectification is permissible if it is done simultaneously, with a mutual respect and if the parties are of equal social status, eliminating any risks of feeling dehumanised or subordinate. Lastly, the concerns surrounding pornography and sexual objectification are exploited through Soble’s view, illustrating that when sexual objectification is put into context with pornography, it is morally wrong as it defeats the purpose of humanity by treating one solely as a sex object. All philosophical views provided have been disputed and or question, though through the opinions of these Philosophers we are provided with few circumstances where sexual objectification is morally permissible, and not.

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