Overcoming Objectification : A Carnal Ethics

967 WordsDec 9, 20144 Pages
Ann Cahill describes in her book, Overcoming Objectification: A Carnal Ethics, that women are merely playing roles projected by men. Implying that a woman is not a separate entity. That she is bereft of her own intelligence and rites to passage. That she is not truly other but a man 's inverse. Here Cahill moves past the term objectification and introduces a concept called derivatization. To "derivatize" is to portray, render, understand, or approach a being solely or primarily as the reflection, projection, or expression of another beings identity, desires, fears, etc. The derivatized subject becomes reducible in all relevant ways to the derivitazing subject 's existence -- other elements of her being or subjectivity are disregarded, ignored, or undervalued. (Cahill, 2011) When I read this for the first time, I saw on paper what had happened to me. And I quickly associated it with the passage from Genesis. That steeped deep in religious traditions is the patriarchal seed being taught as though it is coming from a supernatural being for the good of all. When in actuality it was just like watching The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Toto pulls the curtain away and you see a little man impersonating a god. The only thing I learned from church was that I was only a projection of all the men I allowed to use me. This was what my father did to all women and he taught me this was all I deserved. As dark as this realization was, it was part of a self-awareness that would lead to
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