objectification is harmful to women’s psychosocial health, leading to
increased body surveillance, body shame, and decreased self-esteem.
Sexual objectification perpetuates social injustice, depriving women of
opportunities to feel comfortable in their bodies and to experience life
without the added strain of needing to monitor or enhance physical
appearance. Last year, in a Major Contribution to The Counseling
Psychologist, Szymanski and Carr (2011) called for social justice
initiatives surrounding empowerment of female clients. In that same
collection of articles, Szymanksi, Moffitt, and Carr (2011) advocated
the need for further research about women who objectify other women.
This session will present findings from a study examining
self-objectification and objectification of other women.