Objectifying Women

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I think we can all agree that consistently objectifying women is not just wrong, it is dysfunctional. By objectifying I mean that the viewer isn’t concerned with the woman’s needs and desires but only with his own. This lack of empathy, **when taken to extremes**, is the hallmark of a sociopath or a narcissistic personality.

In Muslim cultures this objectification is so ubiquitous that the women must wear burqas to protect themselves from being attacked. Displaying the female form, the clerics claim, incites sexual excitement in men and invites rape.

The United States actually has a great deal more censorship than most European countries. It started with the Comstock Laws, laws that were intended to oppress women by denying them healthcare information. In Europe, casual nudity is unremarkable and nobody is inappropriately aroused by it, while in the U.S. a little too much neck or leg on TV provokes a great outcry.

If I’m understanding you correctly, you are telling us that Americans are **not** able to appreciate the human form, male or female, without being sexually overwhelmed. Does your minister also promote rape? I hope not.

Prehistoric fertility totems, ancient Greek statues, and Renoir’s paintings: these are all nudes, too, and if you have your way they will be censored along with the sleazy garbage that you and I don’t care to look at.

Narcissism
http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/empathy.html

Australian fury at Muslim cleric’s claim that women provoke assault
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/10/27/wmeat27.xml

The Comstock Laws
http://law.jrank.org/pages/5508/Comstock-Law-1873.html

Nudes
http://www.slowart.com/articles/obese.html

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