Being honest about objectification

Well, the editor of the UK edition of Esquire is being honest about objectifying women, but has some how missed that this is sexist.

Esquire editor Alex Bilmes has admitted that the magazine uses pictures of “ornamental” women for male readers “in the same way we provide pictures of cool cars”.

Bilmes, who moved from rival men’s title GQ to edit Esquire in 2010, said that his magazine’s policy was “more honest” than that of the women’s magazine industry, which he claimed perpetuate negative images of women.

“The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental,” he said, speaking on a panel at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London on Tuesday. “I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified.”

Read the full story here with some ageism thrown in just for good measure.

One thought on “Being honest about objectification

  1. If men are honest about objectification, does that make it OK? I guess the knee-jerk is to say no. If I objectify you, that’s offensive but if I don’t know you and I objectify your photo, it’s impersonal. Is it still offensive? You are not your photo, your photo is not you. The question still remains about the impact upon women in general.

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