The Dangerous Sexual Objectification Of Female Politicians

Summertiiiiiime, and the living ain’t so easy.

The election is in full pseudo-dystopian swing — at best, Donald Trump is Andy Kaufman reincarnated; at worst, he’s a maybe-fascist and “a living black hole!” Meanwhile, while the DNC is presenting a far more united front, and is far less alarming on the whole, the narrative surrounding the convention has nonetheless become defined by the recent resignation of DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in the wake of revelations surrounding the party’s handling of Sanders’ campaign.

Oh, and then of course there’s the shadowy figure of Russia — and Putin bare-chested on a bear! — which might be responsible for the WikiLeaks morass and the general ensuing chaos; Russia, of course, would vastly prefer an incompetent isolationist as President . . .

It’s properly Byzantine at this point.

We could think of no finer Unscrewed episode to honor this shitstorm than the one featuring outspoken media critic and gender absurdities expert Soraya Chemaly eviscerating an issue often lost in the chaotic political discourse: the (de)sexualization of female politicians.

In fact, The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology published a study proving that “objectification causes women to be perceived as less competent and less fully human,” among other disturbing — actual–revelations. Get thee to Chemaly’s brilliant piece on the societal danger of sexualizing female politicians right here…and listen to the discourse below.


Lead image: flickr/Keith Kissel

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