I guess the most obvious definition of objectification is treating/considering women as primarily sex objects. But i think it is considered to be more than that, that many other behaviors and beliefs are considered objectifying. I would like to better define this term to better recognize it and deal with it better in life. Porn It is argued that women described in sexual context as in porn is what directly contributes to objectification. But exact mechanism is not clear to me. I always considered porn a job and could compartmentalize women doing that job vs that same woman being a whole person doing that job. Does objectification happen when compartmentalization fails? Does this mental imagery cause objectifying patterns by influencing subconscious? Or is objectification just an excuse to prevent abusive deals women often get in sex industry? Machismo Objectification of women is often part of mainstream(precisely cultural, local, not global mainstream) definition of masculinity. Man is often expected to have, and express objectifying view of women. Even rebooting process can have a consequence for a man to fulfill this cultural definition, its easy to see how abstaining can cause focusing on purely sexual component of female, at least in medium short term. Is any definition of masculinity conductive to objectification just "wrong"? How to distinguish harmful objectification vs "normal" male sex drive during rebooting? Feminism Objectification of women and feminism are two very intertwined concepts. I would say objectification is one of the pillars of third wave feminism, and feminism is what shapes definition of objectification. I would presume that it is in feminist interest to keep definition of objectification as wide as possible, going as far as merging it with PC, making certain words and thinking "forbidden". Is there a way to detach ideology from definition of objectification, or is that detachment just impossible cause both are intertwined so much? Aesthetic Beauty appreciation is ancient business, and in practice its definitely often objectifying to women. Many works of art had been classified as objectifying just recently, due to changing definition, but still, in its core there is still this appreciation of female form. I guess there are limits to where art goes too far, but where is it? Where is this line between art and porn? What bothers me subjectively is that im having trouble reconciling this hypocritical mainstream stance about objectification vs what i know is right. Mainstream definition seems like it wants to turn woman into this purely ethereal being, where her mind and personality is what you should mostly concentrate on, and having thoughts otherwise makes you into this inferior felonious sexist being. Which is in line with the process of gender equalization, but much less in practice than in theory. And at the same time i know thats mostly in service of ideology. Real people are much less perfect and i like it that way.