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Guest post by Audrey Webb, co-creator of “The Object Project”.
From The Object Project: We are a blog dedicated to exposing examples of the objectification of women, men, and those who identify as neither in everyday life. Objectification of gender in different ways is something we have come to accept as normal and okay, something we do not notice. If we can notice when an image is perpetuating a harmful generalization or stigma, we can then combat it to spark change.
The Object Project started as a fun social experiment a couple of my friends and I did when bored at the mall one day. We had recently attended a couple of Gender & Sexuality classes at a local college and heard a HollabackPHILLY presentation. The class and presentation had really grabbed our attention so we decided to observe what we had learned in our daily lives, such as when shopping at the mall.
While walking around the mall we noticed things that we might not have usually taken much heed to before the HollabackPHILLY presentation. Such as when we were at a media store that sold music, DVDs, and videogames, where on the covers of videogames the men were dressed in full body armor, while the women were dressed in armored bikinis.
Another example is when we visited Spencer’s, a gift shop. A part of the store sold very inappropriate gifts, such as hats with the phrase, “Black out with your rack out,” and baby clothes with the phrase, “I love my Mommy even though she is a Bitch.”
My friends and I were shocked at the outright disrespect of women. This crude language and behavior are exposed to people of all ages, through shopping malls and through media, such as television. Because of all of this we decided to create a Tumblr blog in order to help bring about awareness
The Tumblr blog is primarily focused around the objectification of people, which seems to occur mostly with women in our society, but also explores other forms of social This project has only recently started, but it is something we care about. We want to bring about social awareness and help others to realize that we should not just accept this. This As David Hewson, author of the novel Macbeth said, “…Is your destiny such a small thing then? To keep your legs open and your mouth shut?”
Let us become aware, spread the word, and stand up! No longer shall we tolerate being given gifts such as the hat from Spencer’s, or tolerate being yelled at by a stranger, “Hey Baby!” We deserve to be treated with respect and how we want to be treated. We are people, too. Hollaback!
Check out: http://theobjectprojectblog.tumblr.com/
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