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

38,381 deviants said A violation
19,199 deviants said An embrace
13,474 deviants said Other (please comment)

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ImVolteon Featured By Owner 16 hours 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 2 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 6 days ago  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.
puddingpop28 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
imtotallycrazy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
What is my black is white to another, the concept being binary one means that it can only go one of the two ways and thus with both points being argued to the death both as well as neither are true. 
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VampiricEnchanter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG, objectifying a body is objectifying a body, a man's or a woman's.
Just why every issue should be based on the idea of feminism one way or another? I soon will get to believe that women are not just representatives of a biological gender, but Masonic Lodge members! Just sick and tired of that crazy combating nonsense. Men and women are different with different capabilities and features, and that's what makes the world go round.
So discussing objectifying a human body in the context of art, the essence of art connected with depicting a body, could be a more meaningful, much more interesting and mature talk.
hglucky13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Feminism is about the right of a woman to express herself in whatever manner she feels is right without fear of criticism or judgement. If a woman chooses to objectify herself for her own gain or her own personal reasons (not to gain approval from or to please others while hurting herself) then she has the right to do that. 
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