Women objectify themselves whenever they wear tight, black leggings that hug every curve and sink into every crevice of their bodies. When they walk down the street or into a bus or through a lobby the leggings frame them and accentuate the movement of their hips and thighs and the sensual quiver of their derrieres.
We see what we want to see and think what we want to think, no matter what the actual evidence indicates. This is the finding of research by Yuan Chang Leong and colleagues at Stanford University, which was published in a recent issue of Nature Human Behavior.
This is not a new idea. At the turn of the 20th century Sigmund Freud discovered the human unconscious and stated that we are motivated by unconscious, rather than conscious thoughts and impulses. Hence, we may tell ourselves we are consciously choosing to wear black instead of red because black becomes us, but unconsciously we are biased toward black and are choosing it because of our bias.
The United States women’s soccer team won the World Cup again in 2019. This was their fourth championship out of the eight that have been played. The US team has never placed lower than third in any World Cup, and are by far the most successful women’s soccer team in the brief history of women’s soccer. Immediately after winning the 2019 World Cup, players, fans and even Congress were calling for the pay of the women’s team to be equal to the pay of US men. (1)
By now feminists have apparently trained almost everybody to focus on the so-called pay gap. People don’t focus on the wonderful skills or the grand achievements of US women’s soccer. They don’t focus on the records. They don’t focus on the heart and determination of the players. And Congress, which could have its eye on the many important issues that plague us, such as poverty, global warming or nuclear war, has instead put the pay gap in the priority position. People have now developed a reflex response to the question of a pay gap for women whenever it arises, without ever bothering check the facts.