madonna.jpgTurns out female cadets at West Point were being secretly filmed when they were naked in the shower.

Some sick men want to leer at young women but when women get to a certain age, not so much.

Take Madonna. For some reason people are surprised that at age 54 she’s still wearing sexy outfits.

This from a male reporter in the Style section of the Wall Street Journal today:

“The look can come off as desperate, embarrassing, a little sad. Madonna may be doing what she feels she must to remain relevant and compete with the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Rihanna.”

No, Madonna is doing what she’s always done. Dressing sexy and pushing the envelope. Why people think she should suddenly get her muumuu on is perplexing.

I never heard anyone question why Liberace was still wearing his ridiculously flamboyant outfits well into his sixties.

Clearly women are seen as objects by many men in a male-dominated society — whether they’re leering at young women naked or judging older women naked. Maybe you think this is a minor annoyance, but I argue this type of attitude undermines all women in many aspects of their lives.

If we’re objects then whatever we do will be judged because objects are meant to be objectified not respected.

Don’t be surprised when you read stories like this article in Health24.com titled “Work by female scientists gets judged more harshly.”

This from the piece:

Researchers at Ohio State University found that scientific studies written by men were viewed as higher quality than identical studies listing female authors. This gender bias, they noted, is significant and will have important implications over the course of a woman’s career in science.

“There’s still a stereotype in our society that science is a more appropriate career for men than it is for women,” said study lead author Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, associate professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

Yes gals, science isn’t appropriate for women scientists, and fishnets aren’t appropriate for women entertainers.

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