The Echoes of the Mind (142-3) Sex Objects

Sex Objects

Whereas the mind uses specific pattern-matching to recognize objects, more holistic cognitive processing is applied when assessing events, situations, and people – except…

We don’t break people down to their parts, except when it comes to women. Women are perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed. Both men and women do it. ~ American psychologist Sarah Gervais

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Images of scantily clad women are used by advertisers to make products more attractive to men. This “sex sells” approach is increasingly employed to promote ethical causes. Yet sexualized images can dehumanize women, which increases tolerance for unethical behaviour – specifically men’s attitudes toward sexual harassment and rape. ~ Australian psychologist Renata Bongiorno