SOCIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS

In the previous discussions, we have analyzed images of bodies in terms of anatomy, proportion, mass, fabric anchor points and tension lines, and costume and props. We have, in effect, treated bodies as objects to be looked at, objects to be judged. This process is called objectification and is more pervasive in our society than just in the realm of art criticism. Music videos, movies, magazines, and print ads present the body for the purpose of attracting the eye of the potential consumer through subliminal messages designed to seduce the viewer.

Since the dawn of western civilization and ever-present in literature, poetry, music and art, this process of objectification has reduced the multiple identities of women into three basic stereotypes, each in a way, superficial. These stereotypes are titled healthy innocence, sexual restlessness, and poetic obsessiveness.