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ERIC Number: EJ804585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0000
Examining Objectification Theory: Lesbian and Heterosexual Women's Experiences with Sexual- and Self-Objectification
Hill, Melanie S.; Fischer, Ann R.
Counseling Psychologist, v36 n5 p745-776 2008
Many theorists have suggested that living in a culture in which women's bodies are sexually objectified socializes girls and women to treat themselves as objects. This study developed a theory-based measure of cultural sexual objectification and explored the relationship between women's reports of cultural sexual objectification experiences and self-objectification. The possible moderating effects of sexual orientation were explored using hierarchical moderated regressions. The major findings, in a sample of 361 women, were (a) women's reports of sexualized gaze/harassment were significantly related to their own self-objectification, (b) lesbian and heterosexual women reported similar levels of sexualized gaze/harassment, and (c) the relationship between sexualized gaze/harassment and self-objectification was not significantly different for the lesbian and heterosexual subsamples. Potential implications for counseling and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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