I find it ironic that while walking out of my 2oth C art class, where we just discussed feminism in modern art, I am hollered at by a 40 year old man in a van.
Until I moved to the South, I had never been “hollered” at by a man. Nor had I ever been treated in a way by perfect strangers that made me objectified.
Feminism was much more personal where I was from. Instead of being objectified by people I didn’t know, it was done by the men I interacted with on a daily basis; boyfriends, male teachers, my brother’s friends.
I’m not saying that one or the other is more acceptable. The fact of the matter is, both are appalling.
To the “southern gentlemen” that holler at women on the street, to the old South where the “protection” of women is held so dear; would you want a 40 year old man to holler at your 16 year old daughter? Your 18 year old daughter? Your 21 year old daughter?
As I understand it, this is reason in South to go running for a shotgun- a woman’s honor has been offended.
And speaking of, is there an age where it is acceptable to objectify a woman at all?
I don’t think so.
And to the North, I ask you this: why is it okay to objectify the women you encounter on a daily basis? Why did those professors and boyfriends and male accquaintances always say “you have everything going for you, you’re beautiful and smart.”
Why does a woman have to be “beautiful” to have everything going for her? Why do I have to be an object in order to have value in society?
Where does this way of thinking have any place in our society anymore? What good has it ever done, and what good will it continue to do?
I would say it has no place, that it has done no good, and it will never do any.