In the French Enlightenment, for example, there was a debate as to whether a woman's breasts were merely a sensual enticement or rather a natural gift.In Alexandre Guillaume Mouslier de Moissy's 1771 play The True Mother (La Vraie Mère), the title character rebukes her husband for treating her as merely an object for his sexual gratification: "Are your senses so gross as to look on these breasts – the respectable treasures of nature – as merely an embellishment, destined to ornament the chest of women?Some have argued that the feminist movement itself has contributed to the problem of the sexual objectification of women by promoting "free" love (i.e.men and women choosing to have non-reproductive sex outside of marriage and for their own pleasure).
Levy discusses this phenomenon in Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.
Such promotion has increased the average number of lifetime sexual partners for men, which in turn has caused some men to devalue sex, which in turn has caused men who objectify women to devalue women.
How objectification has affected women and society in general is a topic of academic debate, with some saying girls' understanding of the importance of appearance in society may contribute to feelings of fear, shame, and disgust during the transition to womanhood, The objection to the objectification of women is not a recent phenomenon.
Levy followed the camera crew from the Girls Gone Wild video series, and argues that contemporary America's sexualized culture not only objectifies women, it encourages women to objectify themselves.
In today's culture, Levy writes, the idea of a woman participating in a wet T-shirt contest or being comfortable watching explicit pornography has become a symbol of feminist strength.
Former forensics teacher Tad Cummins, 51, also pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice before U. District Judge Aleta Trauger in federal court in Nashville.“I cannot be the man I need to be and not tell the truth,” he said before losing his composure and starting to weep.