Is Being A Sex Object Empowering? (VIDEO)

October 8, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller

“I am here today to talk about a lie…I’d like to talk specifically about the lie or the idea that being a sex object is empowering.”

In this TEDx talk, Dr. Caroline Heldman argues that American culture has led many of us to falsely believe that being a sex object is empowering. To the contrary, she cites research showing that seeing oneself as an object is linked to far more negative than positive outcomes, ranging from poor body image to low self-esteem to diminished sexual pleasure. What do you think? Check out the video below for more on Heldman’s perspective and share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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