Objectification Theory: Toward Understanding Women's Lived Experiences and Mental Health Risks

  title={Objectification Theory: Toward Understanding Women's Lived Experiences and Mental Health Risks},
  author={B. Fredrickson and T. Roberts},
  journal={Psychology of Women Quarterly},
  pages={173 - 206}
  • B. Fredrickson, T. Roberts
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • This article offers objectification theory as a framework for understanding the experiential consequences of being female in a culture that sexually objectifies the female body. Objectification theory posits that girls and women are typically acculturated to internalize an observer's perspective as a primary view of their physical selves. This perspective on self can lead to habitual body monitoring, which, in turn, can increase women's opportunities for shame and anxiety, reduce opportunities… CONTINUE READING
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