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When women are being objectified, men are being _____ ?

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 August 2017

I saw some lame diatribe on Facebook about how movies objectify women. The video was complaining about how women are more often portrayed naked, or more often portrayed without their faces (e.g., focusing on their legs or figure). I don’t dispute the concept. It was just incredibly lame and full of silly / questionable assumptions.

Anyway, there are two ways to spin this whole thing about the way women are portrayed. One is what we hear all the time, which is that it turns women into objects. But the other is that it manipulates men and turns men into quivering jellies.

Attractive women have incredible power over men. That’s why they’re portrayed the way they are. An ad or a magazine cover with a beautiful woman is going to attract attention.

How people react to this incredible female power is very interesting. The Taliban fear it and want it covered up. The silly video I saw wants to shame it as “objectifying women.” (Of course women never do this to themselves, by, for example, wearing high heels, putting on makeup, choosing clothes that accentuate their figure, etc.)

But the other side — the “you men are being played” side of this equation — doesn’t get as much attention.

When I hear someone complain about “objectification,” I think of something along the lines of “twitterpated.” But that’s a Bambi reference, and I’m not sure how many people would get that.

What’s the right word? Befuddled? Dumbfounded? Stupefied?

The point is to fit a word into something like this.

“When you hear complaints about women being objectified, remember that men are being _____.”

2017-08-01  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 10

  1. smitemouth
    1 August 2017 @ 10:43 am

    If you have ever seen Elizabeth Hurley, you would know the correct term is bedazzled.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    1 August 2017 @ 10:53 am

    Bedazzled is a good word, but for me it lacks the sense of being struck dumb — as in stupid dumb.

  3. William
    1 August 2017 @ 1:42 pm

    Stupefied seems sufficient for a one word response. Yet, for a more wordy expression…

    “When women are being objectified, men are being…compelled by base instincts and unwittingly abandon sound judgment”

  4. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    1 August 2017 @ 1:51 pm

    @William, you might be on to something. Perhaps there isn’t a single word to fit. And there would be several ways to approach it. E.g.,

    “… men are being distracted from their reason by an appeal to base instincts.”


    “… men are being suckered by a cynical appeal to base instincts.”


    “Women are objectified for a reason — to short-circuit men’s judgment by a crass appeal to base instincts.”

  5. William
    1 August 2017 @ 2:13 pm

    Or simply stated, “…men are being unduly and instinctively influenced by the little head versus the big one. 😉

  6. pentamom
    1 August 2017 @ 6:02 pm

    FWIW, I agree with those last several. It’s silly to think that men have all the power and all of this is purely to women’s disadvantage.

  7. Robin R.
    2 August 2017 @ 9:27 am

    Men are being BEWITCHED! But you are talking about a transitory and minor bewitchment. The more serious and protracted kind is called “falling in love”. That can cause a man a loss of all kinds of things, including his emotional and financial well-being.

  8. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    2 August 2017 @ 9:28 am

    Bewitched is a good word.

  9. Robin R.
    2 August 2017 @ 6:53 pm

    Or: sexbombed.

  10. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    3 August 2017 @ 9:14 am

    When women are being objectified, men (especially fathers) are being trapped.