2014-09-01

模倣子 Einstein on Objectification of Women

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.”

   -- famous quote from Albert Einstein

It occurs to me that while this quote is obvious to men and is a very eloquent illustration of time dilation and how it can be perceived by anyone, it may well be completely meaningless (like shoelace without shoe) to women because they have no direct awareness of how men perceive them.

So women may feel left out by this kind of an illustration (much as men might be left out of discussions on childbirth, and this could be fertile territory, too, so to speak, i.e., applying this quote to that issue).  Using a metaphor when is readily accessible to the everyday male experience, and richly conveys an idea to someone who has that subjective viewpoint, but isolating anyone who doesn't.

Women might also feel objectified.  But what does this really mean?  Yes, women are an object of the analogy.  Is objectification when the WOMEN feel objectified, or when the MEN think they are objectifying the women?  If men are thinking in objectifying terms, but the women do not perceive this, then is it objectification?

Also, if a women wears a sexy outfit or a super-short skirt, she can say that it's not her intention to provoke men, to make herself into a sex object, to objectify herself, so to speak, but again, all of the choice as to whether that happens or does not is in the hands of others once she goes out with the clothes on.

Anyway, is objectification in the eye of the beholder, or is there objectification that the "alleged perp" did not intend, or even if there is, but the "victim" did not perceive it, then did anything happen?

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