I’m an aunt to a few beautiful nieces. Recently, some situations have come up which make me, as an intersectional feminist, question how to speak to my sister, let alone my nieces, about sexual objectification. I think it would be woefully ignorant to shield them from it, and the necessary discussions around it. I know my nieces already see it all around them, they just don’t know what it’s all about yet.
How young is too young to teach kids about sexual objectification? Beyond that, has anyone got any ideas on how to break down sexual objectification for young people to understand? There should be levels of explanation, as there are levels of comprehension and understanding of the world as people grow up.
I would be grateful for any discussion or input that might arise from a conversation around this. There is so little information below university level of what sexual objectification is, or what it can do. -Randa
Ah the wonderful world of unwanted sexual objectification. Right? How old were you when the concept hit you? I remember being a kid and walking down the street, when a couple dudes yelled something at me about my boobs (I was an early grower). It shocked, embarrassed, and scared me. I wish I had felt like I had someone to talk to about it. But I felt ashamed of myself, like I had done something wrong to warrant it. So I kept it to myself.
That’s why I love this question! I feel like if some wise auntie figure had pulled me aside, took me out for ice cream, and said, “here’s what’s up. Here’s why it sucks. Here’s why it’s not your fault. Here’s what I do about it.”
So, what say you Homies? What are your thoughts of teaching kid about sexual objectification?