[e] Political Economy 101

Sensuality & Objectification (Week 8) (Last)


This post is part of an online course about political and economic behaviour in a world characterised by contradictions and a deluge of #mixedsignals. This is how it works:

  • Watch/listen to the music videos in the post,
  • Pick ONE of the reading recommendations,
  • Reflect on the links between the post’s topic, the videos, and your chosen reading.

Can one be sensual and appreciate others’ sensuality without, in doing so, objectifying oneself or others? Is your behaviour influenced by your interest or disdain of either sensuality or objectification?

Polite notice. This post is severely not safe for work (NSFW). Very sensual videos, to say the least.


M.I.L.F. $. Fergie.

Sin Pijama. Becky G, Natti Natasha.

Go To Town. Doja Cat.

Mala Mia. Maluma.

I Luh Ya Papi (Explicit). Jennifer Lopez (ft. French Montana).

Recommended Readings

  • Cowen, N. (2016). Millian Liberalism and Extreme Pornography. American Journal of Political Science, 60(2), 509-520. Link.
  • Schott Louisville, R. (1989). Kant and the Objectification of Aesthetic Pleasure. Kant-Studien, 80(1), 81-92. Link.
  • Rival, L., Slater, D., & Miller, D. (1998). Sex and Sociality: Comparative Ethnographies of Sexual Objectification. Theory, Culture & Society, 15(3–4), 295–321. Link.
  • Dillon, M..C. (1998). Sex Objects and Sexual Objectification: Erotic Versus Pornographic Depiction. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 29(1), 92-115. Link.
  • Folbre, N. (2009). Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas. Oxford University Press. Link.
  • Spillers, H. (1987). Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book. Diacritics, 17(2), 65-81. Link.
  • MacKinnon, C. (1984). Not a Moral Issue. Yale Law & Policy Review, 2(2), 321-345. Link.
  • Campbell, B. (1980). A Feminist Sexual Politics: Now You See It, Now You Don’t. Feminist Review, 5(1), 1-18. Link.
  • Gill, R., & Orgad, S. (2018). The Shifting Terrain of Sex and Power: From the ‘Sexualization of Culture’ to #MeToo. Sexualities, 21(8), 1313–1324. Link.

Cover photo by Alexander Krivitskiy on Unsplash.

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