Volume 95, Issue 39

Friday, November 9, 2001
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Objectified men? That's crazy talk


Objectified men? That's crazy talk

Re: "Western pin-ups ready to hit UCC," Nov. 6

To the Editor:

Before unfoundedly setting out to accuse the W-Girls of "choosing [their] own degradation"(which is simply a matter of opinion), I would like Nicole Nelson to consider her comment.

I sincerely hope this is a matter of editing and not Nelson's entire argument, because if it is, it is merely an opinion that is reductive and unfair.

In her argument, she does not address the men's calendar, in which might I add, the men are very much objectified by appearing either topless or clad in underwear or towels, as opposed to the women, who are all fully clothed.

Who, then, is being more objectified?

Since Nelson appears to not have an issue with the men's calendar, I am thus concluding she either supports or takes no conscious issue with men objectifying their bodies.

Nelson, thus, seems to imply it is acceptable for men to capitalize on their bodies, but not acceptable for women. If you were to argue that the 'body as spectacle' is exploited by such philanthropic efforts as the calendar, I would have no choice but to agree.

However, the fact Nelson simply polarizes men and women angers me.

It is people like Nelson who insist on creating binary oppositions as basis for their arguments and opinions and who only end up reaffirming the very ideologies and stereotypes they believe to be attacking and subverting.

Marta Zedd

English/Film IV

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