Self Objectification

Self-objectification: the tendency to place the most value on your appearance instead of our other personal qualities.


I happened upon an insightful article that lead me to further understanding of myself, and others, and maybe why we are sometimes angry with Facebook people.

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"Facebook wants us to champion, to celebrate, your face, my face, any pretty face as something I should, maybe need to look at, the face is more important than the person."
- Andy Lee Graham

Let us first define "Objectification."

Objectification defined: In social philosophy, objectification means treating a person as a thing. Wiki

I, Andy Lee Graham want to know what you feel, what you think, what you did today that was mundane, normal, or even noble, or even profound. I wish to read about, hear about your silly personal experiences, your humanity, sometimes it is good to know when you are in emotional pain, although annoying when you are baiting for sympathy, or anger.

Baiting for anger, sympathy, romantic love, sexual photos, or even Godliness, as if you are holy is cheap tricks.

Where did this muse start?

I read this article:
This Social Media Behaviour Points To Personality Issues

This following information is copied, and pasted from this Wikipedia link, the question to answer, do you objectify yourself, do you diminutive your personal attributes, and always celebrate a photo, or another persons photo, and sort of deny people should talk about the good and bad?

Read this at the source on Wiiki or the highlights pasted here:

Nussbaum's Objectification

According to the philosopher Martha Nussbaum, a person might be objectified if one or a selection of the following properties are adhered to:

    Instrumentality - as a tool for another's purposes: "The objectifier treats the object as a tool of his or her purposes"
    Denial of Autonomy - as if lacking in agency or self-determination: "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in autonomy and self-determination"
    Inertness - as if without action: "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in agency, and perhaps also in activity"
    Fungibility - as if interchangeable: "The objectifier treats the object as interchangeable (a) with other objects of the same type, and/or (b) with objects of other types"
    Violability - as if permissible to damage or destroy (Violence): "The objectifier treats the object as lacking in boundary integrity, as something that it is permissible to break up, smash, break into"
    Ownership - as if owned by another: "The objectifier treats the object as something that is owned by another, can be bought or sold, etc"
    Denial of Subjectivity - as if there is no need for concern for their feelings and experiences: "The objectifier treats the object as something whose experience and feelings (if any) need not be taken into account"

Nussbaum has argued that the topic of Objectification is not only important to Sexuality which has been discussed at length but to the Marxist view on Capitalism and Slavery. Nussbaum argues that potentially not all forms of objectification are inherently negative act and that Objectification may not always be present when one of the 7 properties are present.

An internal criticism that Nussbaum made that is that the list needs more refinement in relation to other discourse and the many definitions of Autonomy and Subjectivity.

Rae Langton's Additions Langton added to this list with:

    Reduction to Body: the treatment of a person as identified with their body, or body parts;
    Reduction to Appearance: the treatment of a person primarily in terms of how they look, or how they appear to the senses;
    Silencing: the treatment of a person as if they are silent, lacking the capacity to speak.


Generally, it is better to listen, try to read what a person is doing today, whatever the case, whether stupid, smart, angry, happy, then encourage them to focus on the positive. Do not like a situation that is negative, more celebrate when our friends do something good, not when they find a photo that is good.

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Thanks you,

Andy Lee Graham January 11, 2015

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