Humans as Objects

From a piece posted at Feministing by Kristen J. Tsetsi regarding the link between the objectification of women and sex slavery:

Mabelle M. Segrest, Fuller-Matthai professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and chairwoman of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Connecticut College , says that to be objectified is to be turned into an object, and to be commodified is to be turned into an object for sale.

“The sex slave is the ultimate of a commodified body, which I think we are numbed to with all this advertising,” she says. “We’re so used to the female body being commodified.”

The truth is that in slavery, be it labor slavery or sexual slavery, the person being enslaved is often viewed as a second-class citizen, if not an outright object.

Read the whole piece here.

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