Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Nudity


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Nude Women are Objects
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The objectification of women is a problematic reality. They make up 50 percent of the species. Their bodies contain minds and those minds are as capable of all the wonders and horrors that any male mind can summon. Yet far too often we see them not as individuals but as a pile of body parts.

It sounds like a grisly set up for a horror film, but it's true.

According to a 2012 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, men and women both tend to see women as an assemblage of pieces rather than a complete whole.

When shown flashcards of naked male and female anatomy, test subjects consistently recognized female sexual body parts more easily when presented in isolation. They only found male sexual body parts memorable when considered as part of their entire bodies.

Chalk it up to equal parts genetic programing and human culture, but it's a reality we live with.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.