Objectification Of Women Quotes

Quotes tagged as "objectification-of-women" (showing 1-17 of 17)
Germaine Greer
“It is commonplace observation that women are forever trying to straighten their hair if it is curly and curl it if it is straight, bind their breasts if they are large and pad them if they are small, darken their hair if it is light and lighten it if it is dark. Not all these measures are dictated by the fantom of fashion. They all reflect dissatisfaction with the body as it is, and an insistent desire that it be otherwise, not natural but controlled, fabricated. Many of the devices adopted by women are not cosmetic or ornamental, but disguise of the actual, arising from fear and distaste.”
Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Philippa Gregory
“I am, at this moment, what I have always been to him: an object of beauty. He has never loved me as a woman.”
Philippa Gregory, The Lady of the Rivers

Christine Heppermann
“How stupid that all I have to do
is grow two squishy lumps and suddenly
I'm man's best friend”
Christine Heppermann, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty

Germaine Greer
“As far as cosmetics are used for adornment in a conscious and creative way, they are not emblems of inauthenticity: it is when they are presented as the real thing, covering unsightly blemishes, disguising a repulsive thing so that it is acceptable to the world that their function is deeply suspect. The women who dare not go out without their false eyelashes are in serious psychic trouble.”
Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Philippa Gregory
“The tears in my eyes are now running down my cheeks at the thought that I have been his wife and his bedfellow, his companion and his duchess, and even now, though he is near to death, still he does not love me. He has never loved me. He never will love me.”
Philippa Gregory, The Lady of the Rivers

Simone de Beauvoir
“L'idéal de la beauté féminine est variable; mais certaines exigences demeurent constantes; entre autres, puisque la femme est destinée à être possédée, il faut que son corps offre les qualités inertes et passives d'un objet.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Le deuxième sexe I

Abhijit Naskar
“The representation of women in the society, especially through mass media has been the most delusional act ever done on the grounds of human existence.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Bill Maher
“Women are also property in our bible; adultery is a property crime in the Old Testament, not a sex crime.”
Bill Maher, When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

Sheila Jeffreys
“Women incorporate the values of the male sexual objectifiers within themselves. Catharine MacKinnon calls this being "thingified" in the head (MacKinnon, 1989). They learn to treat their own bodies as objects separate from themselves. Bartky explains how this works: the wolf whistle sexually objectifies a woman from without with the result that, ``"The body which only a moment before I inhabited with such ease now floods my consciousness. I have been made into an object'' (Bartky, 1990, p. 27). She explains that it is not sufficient for a man simply to look at the woman secretly, he must make her aware of his looking with the whistle.

She must, "be made to know that I am a 'nice piece of ass': I must be made to see myself as they see me'' (p. 27). The effect of such male policing behaviour is that, "Subject to the evaluating eye of the male connoisseur, women learn to evaluate themselves first and best'" (Bartky, 1990, p. 28).

Women thus become alienated from their own bodies.”
Sheila Jeffreys, Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West

Simone de Beauvoir
“Dans la femme parée, la Nature est présente, mais captive, modelée par une volonté humaine selon le désir de l'homme.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Le deuxième sexe I

“It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.”
Violet Rose

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“But the silent stranger could hardly have understood what was passing: she was a German who had not long been in Russia and knew not a word of Russian, and she seemed to be as stupid as she was handsome. She was a novelty and it had become a fashion to invite her to certain parties, sumptuously attired, with her hair dressed as though for a show, and to seat her in the drawing-room as a charming decoration, just as people sometimes borrow from their friends for a special occasion a picture, a statue, a vase, or a fire-screen.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

Natsuo Kirino
“The pain of being treated like a mere object. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure.”
Natsuo Kirino

Caitlin Moran
“It was the 'Are the boys doing it?' basis on which I finally decided I was against women wearing burkas. Yes, the idea is that it protects your modesty, and ensures that people regard you as a human being, rather than just a sexual object (...) But who are you being protected from? Men. And who - so long as you play by the rules, and wear the correct clothes - is protecting you from the men? Men. And who is it that is regarding you as a sexual object, instead of another human being, in the first place? Men.
Well. This all seems like quite a man-based problem, really. (...) I don't know why we're suddenly having to put things on our heads to make it better.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

Simone de Beauvoir
“Les coutures, les modes sont souvent apliquées à couper les corps féminin de a transcendance: la Chinoise aux pieds bandés peut à peine marcher, les griffes vernies de la star d'Hollywood la privent de ses mains, les hauts talons, les corsets, les paniers, les vertugadins, les crinolines étaient destinés moins à accentuer la combrure du corps féminin qu'à en augmenter l'impotence.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Le deuxième sexe I

Simone de Beauvoir
“C'est pour sauvegarder ce mystère que les hommes ont supplié longtemps les femmes de ne pas abandoner les robes longues (...) tout ce qui accentue en l'Autre la différence le rend plus désirable, puisque c'est l'Autre en tant que tel que l'homme veut s'approprier.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Le deuxième sexe I

“Art should be expressed without objectification.It's more than just attraction. Creative expression is not "art for art's sake" but art that breathes true meaning.”
Henry Johnson Jr, Liberian Son