I’m going to give these commenters the benefit of the doubt and assume they genuinely don’t understand that portraying images of an attractive human body is not the same as objectification. For a perfect, timely example, just look at the Olympics. These elite athletes are not doing anything sexual in their events, but the prime physical condition of their bodies and the close-fitting and/or revealing clothing worn to achieve peak performance often aligns with what society has deemed sexy. And nobody has a problem with Olympic spectators thinking the athletes are hot.
I repeat: nobody has a problem with you being turned on by people you find attractive.
The human body is neutral, not inherently objectified just by virtue of being visible.
Sexiness without objectification is not some hypothetical or abstract concept.
Basically, sexuality is active, while nudity is passive. Take two situations. In the first, a woman is in her bedroom stripping down to a bra and panties, literally about to have sex with her husband/wife/one-night-stand. In the second, she’s still in her bra and panties, but she’s sitting on the kitchen floor reading “Vogue” and eating peanut butter out of the jar. One of these situations is sexual, one of them isn’t. And that disparity isn’t due to her state of undress, but to what she’s actually choosing to do with it. Nudity or semi-nudity, in and of itself, is not inherently sexual. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.
So what are the consequences of this kind of unnecessary sexualization? Let’s start with this whole idea of female rape victims ‘asking for it’ by being dressed provocatively. It stems from the ideas that women’s bodies are inherently sexual, and displaying one’s body is somehow an invitation for sexual advances. It’s not. To reiterate my previous point, there’s a difference between being naked and in the backseat of someone’s car, lucidly and enthusiastically consenting to sex, and being naked in a bar, having a drink and minding your own business. Maybe the naked girl over there is a nudist. Doesn’t mean she wants to have sex with everyone all the time.
We should all just strive to make ourselves comfortable with human bodies in their natural form, and not sexualize them at every turn. If someone is literally having sex, it’s probably safe to assume that nudity, in that case, is intended to be sexual. But if someone’s just sunbathing nude on their lawn, playing Words With Friends and minding their own business, Or posting on social media for others reasons but naked or in little clothing, leave them alone It’s nothing you haven’t seen before.
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When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.
We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.
Self respect by definition is a confidence and pride in knowing that your behaviour is both honorable and dignified. Therefore when you harass or vilify another person, you not only disrespect them, but you also. -Respect yourself by respecting others.