What is “sexually objectifying” someone, and how is it harmful? In pornography addiction, it’s easier to see that the image on the screen is a sexual object rather than a real person. But when are you making a real person into an object? And when are you objectifying yourself?
The term “objectification” has a specific meaning in the psychological study of sexuality and in sex addiction treatment. It means:
“A person’s value comes only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics” (American Psychological Association).
It means defining someone’s entire value only in terms of sexual attractiveness. So if we’re looking at the value of Ruth Bader Ginsburg vs. Kim Kardashian I guess we’d know who “wins.”
Sexual objectification has significant and far reaching effects, not only to the sex addict, but also to the person being objectified.