Quantcast
Is Objectification Ingrained in Our Brains?

As annoying as the characterization of women as sex objects in Fifty Shades of Grey may be, perhaps my friends have an excuse for enjoying it. A biological excuse. According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, our brains may recognize men and women differently. Specifically, they register females as body parts more easily than males.

It's not just the male brain, either. The study found that when shown photos of average men and women and then shown the same photos but with the body parts isolated, people always recognized the female body parts faster than the male. This indicates a different method of processing in our minds.

ADVERTISEMENT

The researchers hypothesize that this difference in recognition is carnal: men are looking for mates and women are sizing up their competition. Either way, I'm not sure if I'm buying it. What do you think?

Image courtesy of BrianNielson.Wordpress.Com

Support Feminist Media! During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever. If our bold, uncensored reporting on women’s issues is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford, to protect and sustain BUST.com. Thanks so much—we can’t spell BUST without U.