They look at women’s bodies…

October 2, 2016

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Men are visually aroused by women’s bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women’s personalities because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men’s power in the myth: They look at women’s bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no “rock called gender” responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality – an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire – brings heterosexual men and women together.

Naomi Wolf
The Beauty Myth

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