Flank steaks versus females
Posted by Ashley Ames, IDS columnist
In my column
this week, I addressed a disturbing Odyssey column
by IU senior Yale Reardon
regarding how to “rate” women. I, however, was not the first to argue against what I saw as a verbal atrocity in a newspaper with my university’s name on it. Women’s blog Jezebel offers some much-deserved criticism
while the Gin and Tacos blog gives Mr. Reardon a taste of his own medicine
Think this is overkill? Maybe this image will change your mind.
- This is an image from the Facebook page “I Don’t Like Chicks With Tans. It Means They Have Been Out Of The Kitchen,” of which Reardon is a fan.
This is the most disturbing picture on the Facebook page “I Don’t Like Chicks With Tans. It Means They’ve Been Out Of The Kitchen,” of which Reardon is a fan, but its far from the only one portraying violence against women.
There is a clear link between dehumanizing and rating women and the rape culture, described by the “Shakesville” blog, that images like this promote. For further reading on the topic, I suggest checking out the work of Jessica Valenti, including her blog.
Additionally, “Sexuality, Pornography, and Method: Pleasure Under Patriarchy,” by Catherine A. MacKinnon, who addresses sexual objectivity, offers some insight:
To be sexually objectified means having a social meaning imposed on your being that defines you as to be sexually used, according to your desired uses, and then using you that way.
She also outlines the impact that objectification can have on the lives of women:
What is it about women’s experience that produces a distinctive perspective on social reality? How is an angle of vision and an interpretive hermeneutics of social life created in the group women? What happens to women to give them a particular interest in social arrangements, something to have a consciousness of? How are the qualities we know as male and female socially created and enforced on an everyday level? Sexual objectification of women – first in the world, then in the head, first in visual appropriation, then in forced sex, finally in sexual murder – provides answers.
I hope this incident causes people to think more carefully before they say or do or write something that objectifies women. Even if you think its a joke, it does have ramifications for all of us, especially your sisters, mothers, girlfriends, and other women in your life.