Video calls often show people an image of themselves.
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Mirrors, selfies and knowing other people are looking at you all cause people to think of themselves as objects. Video calls are all three in one and are likely increasing the harms of self-objectification.
The impacts of our words should be of greater concern in our political discourse.
If we learn how to disengage from communication circuits that lay the groundwork for fear and aggression, we have a better chance of managing conflict constructively.
Instagram’s emphasis on filtered photos of bodies harms girls’ self-image.
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Ample research demonstrates the harms Instagram causes teen girls, especially around body image. Meta is now facing the consequences of knowingly marketing a harmful service.
Why do we perceive female robots as more human than male robots?
Virtual assistants and robots are frequently given female attributes. To curb the massive use of such gendering in AI, we need to better understand the deep roots of this phenomenon.
Porn shapes how boys and men see girls and women, and how girls and women see themselves.
We can teach young people to respond more critically to pornography, helping them assess and respond to pornography’s influence.
Not all instances of sexism are tangible or easy to explain, but they can have similar impacts on women’s mental health as overt sexism.
It can happen at work, on the street or at home – even by the people who love us. Everyday sexism might be hard to pin down, but it’s pervasive and creates an additional layer of stress for women.
The Miss Curvy contest in Uganda attracted a lot of local and international media attention.
Uganda’s tourism ministry has launched a beauty pageant to use local women to attract tourists.
Perfectionism-driven social anxiety means young men will also be susceptible to ideological scripting of behaviour on TV.
The unpleasant influence of the adult entertainment industry.
Hugh Hefner at a Playmate of the Year party in 2005.
Hefner’s iconic Playmates, a scholar argues, need to be understood within their historical context, when men and especially women were expected to uphold strict standards of sexual propriety.
We have minimal rights to privacy in public in Canada.
To properly address the social harm of online privacy invasions, such as in the “CanadaCreep case,” Canada must devote federal attention to strengthening its minimal and unclear privacy laws.
Is objectification bad – if you welcome sexualized attention?
Women experience negative effects from the objectification that’s common in our society. What happens if they try to seize the reins and elicit sexualized attention in their romantic relationships?
We spend most of our waking hours at work, but are we really ourselves when we step through the door?
A sign advertises a Hooters restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The money might be a little better, but the lewd comments and unwanted advances may have a negative impact on the mental health of waitresses.
Concerns over objectification tend to focus on adult women, but children can be objectified as well.
Our new research shows the culture of sexualisation not only affects how young girls see themselves, but also how they are treated and viewed by adults.