“I think every woman does want to be objectified. There’s a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it’s healthy,” [Esquire]
Just to be clear:
Objectification is the process by which an abstract concept is made as objective as possible in the purest sense of the term. It is also treated as if it is a concrete thing or physical object. In this sense the term is a synonym to reification.
Sexual objectification refers to the practice of regarding or treating another person merely as an instrument (object) towards one’s sexual pleasure, and a sex object is a person who is regarded simply as an object of sexual gratification. Objectification more broadly is an attitude that regards a person as a commodity or as an object for use, with little or no regard for a person’s personality or sentience. Objectification is most commonly examined at a societal level, but can also arise at an individual level.
Ummmm No I don’t think so. I think that it might be fair to say that women want to be considered “attractive” and yes “sexually desirable”, but I think there is a great difference between that, and full on objectification. Perhaps Diaz has that feeling because she has worked in Hollywood for so long, where your viability as a woman is directly linked to you being F-able, and if you are not then you move to another (lesser) category. There you body, your face is a commodity. However the average woman who works at Starbucks, is a receptionist, a nurse, doctor, lawyer, dentist, manager, CEO, CFO, or female executives might feel a bit differently. I doubt that neither Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State nor Condoleezza Rice she held the position, sit in meetings with the heads of nations hoping they want to bend her over the table and do her!
It does not surprise me that Cameron Diaz would harbor such a puerile notion. Where I don’t think that she is actually a bobble head (though when she says things like this I have to wonder) she has made a career of it, she is known for being the leggy California beach babe, fun loving, get the party started, pas the bong type of gal. Well that is fine when you are 20, but when you hit forty that act can wear thin, it can be considered inappropriate, at least not done with a modicum of class. Madonna tries it every now and then and even she (the grand dame) can appear desperate and sad. Diaz is a woman who is I think is feeling the wane of her Hollywood appeal, based solely on her age not on her looks, and is trying to convince herself (by convincing us) that ALL women feel this way.
Personally I would love to have men want to hear want to find the combination of what I look like and what I am saying to be a heady elixir that makes them want to get closer to see what else there is to discover about me. I would love for a man to be just as turned on by my thoughts, my views and my passions as he is with my ass. I would love for people to see me as a baklava of beauty, body, brains layers upon layers of gooey interest stuff all held together with sticky honey sweetness (and a little crunch). What woman wants to be considered limited to being just her body? Cameron needs to read My Body My Image!!!
Here are some other quotes form the article:
“[Photo shoots are] empowering. I’m not some young girl with the photographer going, ‘Will you take your clothes off?’ I’m like [mimes stripping], ‘How does this look?’ They’re like, ‘Today we’re not going to put anything other than bras and heels on you,’ and I’m like, ‘These heels are not high enough.’”
I’m a woman, I know how to handle myself. I know what I feel comfortable doing and I know my sexuality.”