Sunday, March 1, 2009

Objectification

Been somewhat interested in the intersection between feminist activism and capitalism. As a movement, they seem to be destined to make the same mistakes as the racial civil rights movements and for the same reasons. Some of what they would like to achieve can be supported in reason - the rest must be questioned.

One of the issues I have with feminist thought is a subjective/arbitrary definition of "objectification". The concept seems to be applied inconsistently because it is poorly defined and because of this, the movement includes all sorts of irrational man-haters.

So it's a concept I'd like to examine, and here's my first stab: objectification as a failure to properly evaluate a person in the capacity of being a total person (mind and body), perhaps due to inverted value hierarchy.

I'll take some time to elaborate later.