the act or an instance of treating a person as an object or thing: The objectification of women in the media teaches girls that all they have to offer is their body and face, and they should expend all their effort on physical appearance.
the act or practice of regarding the natural world, or any part of it, solely as an inanimate object of study or exploitation with no intrinsic relationship to human beings: This scientific approach—the objectification of nature, an inability to look beyond its physical aspects—is what Thoreau was rebelling against during his sojourn at Walden Pond.
the act or practice of presenting an idea, feeling, or other abstraction as a concrete object that can be seen, touched, etc.: This approach to the material culture of clothing understands clothes in terms of their objectification of cultural values.
- de-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
- non·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
- self-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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How to use objectification in a sentence
In fact, some feminist critics have pointed to a long history of objectification in Star Trek.
Of course, there is the past sexual harassment lawsuit and the general atmosphere of sexual objectification.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon | Emily Shire | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fact of the matter is that misogyny and objectification are commonplace in the entertainment industry.Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars | Amy Zimmerman | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The objectification of women and girls in advertising is a serious problem.VOCO’s Sexist Ad Demonstrates That the Tech Industry Badly Needs Women | Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jean Kilbourne | January 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Appearance and objectification affect women comics disproportionately than their male counterparts.What Women Comedians Want: Yael Kohen’s ‘We Killed’ | Allison Yarrow | October 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Schopenhauer conceived reality as Will which was driven to objectification by a sinful bent eternally existing in its nature.The Development of Metaphysics in Persia | Muhammad Iqbal
Language is the medium through which objectification takes place.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
And we have traveled the road familiar to many nursing scholars, the road of expertise in objectification and quantification.Nursing as Caring | Anne Boykin
Nor is it hard to find the ground of this survival in the sense of beauty of an objectification of feeling elsewhere extinct.The Sense of Beauty | George Santayana
These circumstances prevent the ready objectification of our pleasure in the map itself.The Sense of Beauty | George Santayana