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Is objectifying a woman's body a violation of the principles of feminism or does it embrace them?…

38,483 deviants said A violation
19,245 deviants said An embrace
13,515 deviants said Other (please comment)

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ea300215 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'd say it depends on the context. I'd say most of us are going to objectify whatever sex we're attracted to while in a certain frame of mind. What's important is distinguishing between fantasy and reality. When you're in the real world, you treat people with respect, no matter who they are.
ImNotHumanNoComment Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
It really depends on what is being represented through the artwork. For example, if it's a woman in a bikini having to deal with catcalls and whistles, then yes, it's a violation of feminism. But if you're celebrating the female body and the soul within, then it's acceptable. Objectifying a body, however, is objectifying a body regardless of gender.
half-a-dinosaur Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It fully depends on who's doing the objectifying.
ImVolteon Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Feminism is at its core, about a woman's right to choose what she wants to do in her life, make of herself.  If she wants to portray herself sexually let it be Her Choice.  If she wants to objectify to make a point or whatever else, let it be Her Choice.  Whatever is being done, let it be Her Choice.  As long as the agency is hers, and she is not taking the choice from someone else, she can do whatever she wants.
brushPuppie Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
Well, it depends. On the one doing so, the one who´s body is being objectified, and a possible observer of process and/or result. Of course communication gets tricky here. Also, I feel, there is a slight, but important difference between objectifying a woman´s body (when it is clear from the beginning that there is more to a person than body, but in the specific case, it is explicitly only the body) and objectifying a human being as a whole, neglecting anything but the body in the process. In the first case, it depends on circumstances (including a lot more possibilities than depiction in erotic context). The second case is out of the question.
HumbleScarlet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
My opinion is the same as HicEstBellum.
Atreyu-Darkheart Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It depends...if its a woman who is doing the drawing, or whatever, and she is purposely objectifying women...then ok (as long as there is no sadism involved) if a man is doing the artwork then...well as long as the woman knows that she is being objectified and all that then i guess its ok. Personally im not comfortable with objectifying anything...and if i do then i dont realize it. (edited addition) My appologies...i didnt really understand what "objectifying" was, my mother explained it to me lol, hmmm...If the point of the painting or whatever was done by someone who wasnt sexist, or what have you, and the idea behind the art was that objectifying is wrong then i see no problem with it. Some of the old works of art do objectify women...but back in those time periods things were vastly different. Now a-days if a man is objectifying a woman then its because he is intimidated by them. but thats just my opinion, take it as you will lol
HicEstBellum Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
I believe it all depends on what the person is trying to say or wants to be perceived from the art.
xenguard Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Aye, agreed as well. I'm not well versed in Feminism though it is about freedom from stereotypes and freedom of expression and choice. The difference between Objectifying and Taking in the Beauty of Someone can be very subtle and even then it's up to the person being viewed how far it goes and where to draw the line.
puddingpop28 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
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