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Objectification of the Female Body: Humanization as a Moderator

Abstract

Our presentation seeks to better understand variables that moderate the objectification of women. Objectification is when an individual is seen as an object and treated as less than human. More specifically, she is viewed as a body or set of body parts for the pleasure and consumptions of others. The consequences of objectification for the sufferer are numerous and harmful: anxiety, depression, body shame, eating disorders. Previous studies have shown that providing humanizing information based on attributes of warmth and competence can reduce levels of objectification. The purpose of our study is to measure the extent to which humanizing information framed within the Stereotype Content Model interacts with objectification of women. The SCM proposes four distinct social categories composed of differing levels of warmth and competence. Measuring the levels of objectification targeted at women from each category will help us better understand who is most at risk of objectification.

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Erin Pahlke

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Doors of Perception

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Reid G02

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Oral Presentation

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Objectification of the Female Body: Humanization as a Moderator

Reid G02

Our presentation seeks to better understand variables that moderate the objectification of women. Objectification is when an individual is seen as an object and treated as less than human. More specifically, she is viewed as a body or set of body parts for the pleasure and consumptions of others. The consequences of objectification for the sufferer are numerous and harmful: anxiety, depression, body shame, eating disorders. Previous studies have shown that providing humanizing information based on attributes of warmth and competence can reduce levels of objectification. The purpose of our study is to measure the extent to which humanizing information framed within the Stereotype Content Model interacts with objectification of women. The SCM proposes four distinct social categories composed of differing levels of warmth and competence. Measuring the levels of objectification targeted at women from each category will help us better understand who is most at risk of objectification.

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