If you haven’t subscribed to Youtuber Laci Green’s channel, perhaps this video will easily persuade you to do so. Unlike the many young girls out there who try to gain social media following by stripping off and objectifying themselves, Laci is not only doing the opposite, but is using her platform of over 700k subscribers to encourage girls to do the opposite. Wahoo!
Following on from Caroline Heldman’s eye-opening Ted Talk about how sexual objectification is probably the worst thing ever in the history of the world for women, Laci also breaks down the difference between men and women on the topic of sexualization in the media. Warning: it’s not pretty (or sexy-see what we did there?!)
In the video below called ‘Sex Object BS’ (seems appropriate) she starts of by defining what an object is: something that has no power and is acted upon by someone/something else. By allowing ourselves to be sexual objects, we effectively give up our power as women, and falsely retain some sort of control thinking we own our sexuality, but in fact it is the opposite.
Laci goes on to talk about how men are raised to be sexual subjects (the ones who act upon others) and women, by being fed a steady diet of “you’re not good enough” messages from the media, fashion and advertising industries, are taught to be sexual objects. We are consequently taught things such as men and women can’t be friends because men are too sexual (myth 1), women need to dress appropriately so as not to provoke men, because they are sexual beings and can’t help themselves (myth 2) and even tragic, that domestic violence and abuse toward women is largely tolerated and goes unpunished because of the very roles men play in society giving them a way out (myth 3).
Wouldn’t it be great if more men, as well as women, stood up for change and recognized that these roles are unacceptable?
Can’t we all see how degrading images of women in the media and advertising are only leading us to dangerous places? Can we all see that sexual objectification is not fun, it’s not a game, nor is it about popularity. It does nothing to advance us as females, and doesn’t give you any power.
Thank you Laci for being a rad human being and talking about this important message to all your fans.