Chike's picture and objectification on the internet

Chike's picture and objectification on the internet
Chike039s picture and objectification on the internet

Last Updated on June 5, 2021 by MyGh.Online


In the era where people (men and women) are posting nude or half nude pictures of themselves on the internet, can we say objectification exists and if we say that it is, what is objectification?

If I am walking down a street and I see a majestic view, maybe it is the sunset or a flower and I stop and say, “What a majestic sunset.” Or “What a beautiful flower.” Have I objectified it?

According to German philosopher Immanuel Kant; “Objectification is the regarding of someone as an object, something to use”. A person is an object and “is cast aside as a lemon which is sucked dried.”

American foremost feminist and lawyer Catharine Mackinnon states that; “A sex object is defined based on its looks. In terms of its usability for pleasure such that both looking, and the quality of the gaze includes the points of view – the definition according to use becomes eroticized as part of sex itself.”

Sometimes we objectify ourselves. It is believed that “women (and men) are under constant pressure to correct their bodies and appearance and more generally treat their bodies as things to be decorated and gazed upon.”

There is the polarization of the internet with seemingly sexy pictures, called thirst traps. A thirst trap is a common word for self-sexualisation which occurs when people put certain things or accessories that makes them appealing or erotic.

Young people know which pictures gets liked on the internet and they post such pictures to gain popularity among their peers.

Pictures like Chike’s would definitely spark reactions but it is objectification when it is overtly lewd, sexual, disrespectful and creepy.

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