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So I watched a video by Planned Parenthood of the Northern New England area and Laci Green and it talked about sexual objectification in Magic Mike and it gave the list of five signs that an image or commercial or show is sexually objectifying someone, most of the time women*.

Caroline Heldman wrote these five points:

  1. Does the image show only parts of a sexualized body, focusing on sexy body parts. Is the face covered or cut off?
  2. Does the image have a sexualized person standing in for an object (acting as table or car)?
  3. Does the image show the person as ‘interchangeable?’ More is better, it erases the individual worth of the person.
  4. Is there some weird imagery? Either violence or engaging with a person who is not consenting or is passed out.
  5. Is the image defined by sexual availability or commodity? Availability meaning 'this person is here for you to have sex with!’ And the commodity is conflating the person with food and the underlying idea they can be bought and sold.

The first point made me think. How man times have we seen anti-choice adverts showing nothing but a female body with a pregnant belly? Or just the uterus with the fetus inside?

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Then I came to the conclusion that I could possibly make my own list to help people realize how shitty anti-choice posters are.

1. Does the image portray a faceless or headless image of a pregnant belly? Does it focus solely on the belly? Doe they hide the pregnant person’s individuality, making them nothing more than a vessel to hold a pregnancy? Like here:

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2. Does the image even have a person in it? Is the image just that of a fetus, floating in either a blackened void or encased in an amniotic sac surrounded by nothing? Like here:

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3. Does the image compare minorities to 'endangered species?’ Does it compare their struggles to abortion? Are horrific events like the Holocaust or mass shootings used to further their point? Like here:

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4. Is there violent imagery?

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Please, feel free to add your own. Just be sure to include pictures!

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Students at UVM worked together to create this beautiful video. Featuring the song Power by Kanye West, we’ve got young women putting on their pink war paint. Why? To prepare to save Planned Parenthood, of course.

Produced, Directed, and Photographed by Bobby Bruderle, Co-Produced and Edited by Peter Donaghy.

My thoughts on the Women’s Health Rally in NYC will be forthcoming… until then, enjoy this video collaboration.

Love,

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