" apparent self-objectification enables one to be assertive and/or selfish, to help break the illusion of their objectification, so it may be used for empowerment "

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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).

" the history of the tolerance of objectification is questionable. The Obscene Publications Act of 1857 and the legal definition of obscenity of 1868 ("whether the tendency of the matter charged as obscenity is to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences") were established to criminalise objectification following major developments in photography (1851). As "obscenity" is not protected under the First Amendment of the US constitution, objectification manufacturers sought to change the legal definition, first succeeding in 1957 making it relative to time dependent, person dependent, and ambient content dependent "standards" which as a consequence have never successfully been used to prevent the objectification of human beings "

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