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“Here’s Looking at You”: Psychological Perspectives on Sexual Objectification

By Michelle Stratemeyer

Social psychology has created a rich area of study looking at the causes and consequences of sexual objectification.

Sexual objectification is the act of viewing someone else as an object rather than as a person. Objectification has a long philosophical history, starting with the musings of 18th-century German philosopher Emmanuel Kant, who viewed extramarital sex as the reduction of an individual to an object of sexual gratification.