In 1997, Fredrickson and Roberts proposed objectification theory as a framework for understanding the effects of sexual objectification on women. Self-objectification, or the internalization of an (objectified) external view of oneself fosters body shame, appearance anxiety, and in turn disordered eating, depressive symptoms, sexual dysfunction, etc (see Moradi & Huang, 2008 for a review of this literature). Currently, our lab is exploring the effects of different cultural ideals (e.g., big butts, lighter skin, etc.) on self-objectification and well-being. We are also investigating whether ideologies that justify existing hierarchical intergroup relations affect self-objectification and its consequences.
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