"I don't really compare to the ideal": objectification theory and the effects on sexual behavior and communication
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The present study considered the ways in which women described their sexual experiences and communication with men from the framework of objectification theory. Objectification theory refers to viewing women as sexual objects. The data was collected from 148 heterosexual women, between the ages of 18-24. Participants completed an anonymous online survey that took about 23-30 minutes. This survey included both open-ended and closed ended questions, along with two different questionnaires. The data showed both negative and positive perceptions from sexual objectification and self-objectification. Low body image was apparent in almost 3/4 of the participants. Compartmentalization was common in most responses. That is, there were both negative and positive attitudes towards specific body parts; these parts commonly being socially sexualized anatomy like breasts, buttocks, and stomach. Although some respondents found communicating sexually difficult, most did not allow their lack of self-confidence to hinder communication.