August 11, 2011 |

Self-objectification a concern for all

Thank you for the insightful analysis into one of the most heinous problems of our time: the lurking threat of self-objectification.

Sadly, I fear your article failed to address the equally dreadful and potentially more tragic problem of male self-objectification, the shame that dares not mention its name (though it does like to look at itself in the mirror). It is laudable that this study courageously plumbs the depths of critical issues, like whether Haines women worry about such trivialities as looking nice. However, the authors practice discrimination by limiting this important examination to women alone.

What about men? Do we not also suffer from excessively superficial sex-role-driven hyper-narcissistic obsessions with our bodies, our trucks, our dogs – indeed, our very selves? Who is to say that we do not worry, "How does my hair look when I’m climbing this mountain?" Plenty of us are falling off of mountains, aren’t we? Perhaps we should be looking at our feet and not our collective reflection in the mirror. Are we men not prey to the same levels of vapid self-absorption as our (sometimes) more attractive counterparts?

As a former Haines resident now living in Seattle, I can attest to prevalent self-objectification among women, men, and people whose gender is frankly hard to tell. Granted, we’re no Anchorage. Still, to the extent that this is an actual problem facing America today, the danger seems equal to us all.

P.S. Does this font make my butt look fat?

Mario Juarez