The romance of self-objectification: Does priming romantic relationships induce states of self-objectification among women?

Diana T. Sanchez, Tara L. Broccoli

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Abstract

Objectification theory suggests that women internalize an observer's perspective on the body (self objectification; Fredrickson and Roberts, Psychol Women Q 22:173-206, 1997); however, certain contexts and thoughts may make self-objectification more likely. Because the pursuit of relationships is tied to attractiveness, the present study examines whether women have an automatic link between self-objectification and romantic relationships. Using a US undergraduate sample, women (N∈=∈86) of different relationship statuses were either exposed to relationship-related or neutral words in a lexical decision making task. Following relationship priming, single women showed greater self-objectification and women in relationships showed less self-objectification. These findings are discussed in terms of self-objectification theory and the importance of attractiveness and beauty in the pursuit of relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-554
Number of pages10
JournalSex Roles
Volume59
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Objectification
  • Priming
  • Romantic relationships
  • Women

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