" attraction of apparent self-objectification can only be modified by desensitisation (eg through objectification in the media) "

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Philosophy of the Body

Perspective


Definition

A hypothesis on the underlying psychological (affective) mechanism of objectification (as opposed to the judgement of objectifying action, i.e. attitudes/behaviour):

Objectification is the subconscious perception of intention to be an object. This intention could be that perceived of the objectified. It could equally be the perceived intention of the one presenting or "framing" them (whether directly through primary objectification, or indirectly by encouraging them to self-objectify via bodily emphasis/dress and modification). Likewise, it could be the perceived intention of one expressing a desire for them (or oneself, i.e. reciprocal objectification). It could even be a metacognitive percept of one's own intention for them (or oneself) to be an object (say if one was psychologically disturbed, manipulated, or awoken from a dream state). It might be inferred from a perceived lack of intent to dignify/love/respect the subject, for example the presentation of negligence, mindlessness (automata based dehumanisation), or vice (subjective insignificance). It could also be an attribution error driven inference of intention based on an extension of the self knowledge of one's affect in their presence to they themselves, the one responsible for that affect (inferring purpose rather than ignorance). Furthermore the perception of intent could be a socialised or conditioned association.

It is possible the brain does not easily distinguish (or care to distinguish) between the origin of intent, as it has evolved to seek (/respond to) reproductive opportunity. Its basis being a carnal drive for power/dominance (restoration of the primacy of long evolved instincts to the negation of more complex goals directed by more modern physical or social systems). It is perhaps an abstraction (misassociation) of natural subconscious desire during intercourse (completion/conception under its presumption; from which may arise similar intentions).



" one may involve themselves in apparent self-objectification because they don't want to give themselves away as a subject else we might get hurt "

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