In experiments with more than 200 people, researchers discovered that when a female believes her body is being sized up by a male, she’ll diminish her presence by speaking less. When a male believes a female is eyeing his physique, however, no such effect occurs. The study, published this month in the journal Psychological Science, explains that our culture has so taught women that they’re judged on appearance that they’ve come to evaluate themselves that way, ultimately self-objectifying. On the one hand, nothing in this study will much surprise feminist philosophers. On the other hand, it’s great to finally have social scientists studying the effects of objectification on women. An article on the study is here. The publication is called “Objectification Can Lead Women to Narrow Their Presence in Social Interactions” (from Psychological Science) by Tamar Saguy, Diane M. Quinn, John F. Dovidio, and Felicia Pratto.