OBJECT Watch Is Afoot!

Hello and welcome to OBJECT Watch!

This is the blog dedicated to the work of OBJECT:

http://www.object.org.uk/

In their own words:

OBJECT challenges ‘sex object culture’ – the ever increasing sexual objectification of women in the media and popular culture through lads’ mags, advertising or lap dancing clubs.

Sex object culture has been driven by the mainstreaming of the porn and sex industries and is recognised by research, women’s organisations and human rights treaties as promoting the attitudes associated with discrimination and violence against women (1).

We raise awareness of the links between sex object culture and sexism because of the need to tackle the attitudes underpinning inequality and violence against women.

OBJECT Watch is here to hold OBJECT accountable and to try and open a dialogue between OBJECT and other anti-sex industry organisations, and those of us who have differing views.

OBJECT Watch has only come about because OBJECT are very difficult to communicate with. So far they haven’t replied to any emails, or even a lonely tweet!

Please feel free to join the watch, or to tell us we are barking up the wrong tree, or to just come and have a chat about your views experience of feminism, sex industry, porn, objectification.

Thank you.

Object Watch

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5 Responses to OBJECT Watch Is Afoot!

  1. BedfordSaint says:

    From “The Facts” section…

    “Over half (54%) of all women around the world say they first became aware of the need to be physically attractive between 6 and 17 years of age”
    Because Boys don’t have that pressure, do they? Fat, ugly boys are just as valued as the pretty, sporty ones…

    “Polls suggest that 63% of young women aspire to be glamour models or lap dancers”
    Another poll would suggest that 67% of boys would aspire to score the winning goal in the FA cup final, a vampire or Mario from “Super Mario Brothers”… But that’s not likely either!
    “stereotypes and prejudices based on gender” – all women are objects and all men exploiters… thats not a stereotype or prejudice, then?

    Sorry if I’m not very good at this sort of stuff, I don’t think about it often enough… But neither do Object, from the look of it.

    • Thanks for your comment!
      I agree the arguments used by OBJECT are simplistic, and also ignore the pressures on boys and men with regards to their bodies. I am pleased a bloke made this point!

  2. Matt says:

    It’s a shame, when there’s so much good research out there, that OBJECT has gone for cherry-picking from dodgy PR studies. I checked a couple of the studies cited by Object in their “Facts” section – the one on girls wanting to be lapdancers and the one on women needing to feel attractive between the ages of 6-17. I laughed, quite a lot.

    Here’s the second one, you can take a look: http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/uploadedfiles/dove_white_paper_final.pdf. OBJECT’s claim that it represents all women worldwide is something of a misrepresentation given that it was carried out by phone in ten countries, on behalf of a cosmetics company, DOVE. Beyond that it is not particularly credible methodologically speaking and has quite a few presentational mistakes and leading questions.

  3. Thanks Matt. I am glad people are having a bit of a laugh about OBJECT especially their evidence base. Because I have tended to find their campaigning methods quite depressing. Making this Watch has enabled me to look at the funny side already, thanks to others agreeing with me that their claims and research are not credible. I think it is worth scrutinising any organisation that uses poor research and evidence to make generalised claims and to effect policy.

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