It’s a pervasive behavior something that’s often observed, but rarely recognized as sexual violence: The objectification of women’s bodies. This includes any behavior, portrayal or action predicated on the idea that a person is a commodity or an object, rather than a whole and complete human, with bodily autonomy and authority. Sexual objectification is a deeply rooted form of sexism – one that will take time and extensive effort to overturn – but it is possible.
Preventing sexual objectification starts with education – about respect, about bodily autonomy, and about consent. The Alliance’s certified advocates are available if you’re interested in hosting a prevention workshop or training at your workplace, school or in your community. Let’s end this together.