Objectify

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Chair, Table, and Hat Stand

Sexual objectification is, in some circumstances, the fetishistic act of regarding a person as an object for erotic purposes. Allen Jones' sculptures Hat Stand and Table Sculpture, made in 1969, which show semi-naked women in the roles of furniture, are clear examples of the depiction of the fantasy of sexual objectification. (This particular interest, a form of sexual bondage that involves making furniture designed to incorporate a bound person, is also known as "forniphilia".) In wider society, objectification, particularly of women, is considered to be a very negative trait as it reinforces gender sterotypes and the inequality of the sexes; in certain cases objectification could be considered abusive. This is not generally the case in consensual BDSM play, where the objectification is being done with the appoval of all parties.

A desire to be objectified occurs in many men's and women's masochistic sexual fantasies. Objectification for fetishistic purposes may provide erotic humiliation for the person so regarded, whether male or female.

A common way to objectify someone is to put a hood or head harness over their head so that their face becomes hidden or obscured. In a club environment the sub can submit to objectification by allowing themselves to be led around the club on a lead (as if they were an animal). Another simple method is to talk about the sub with another person (with the sub present) but only referring to them in the third person; while the sub is the topic of the conversation they are not part of it.


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