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}
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… Expand
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