" the fact that the one who steps over the currently acknowledged limit of allowable apparent self-objectification is despised, and that the currently acknowledged limit keeps creeping, indicates that people don't want or need to be involved in apparent self-objectification, apart from the desire for conformity and the ability to compete "

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A hypothesis on the underlying psychological (affective) mechanism of objectification (as opposed to the judgement of objectifying action, i.e. attitudes/behaviour):

Objectification is the subconscious perception of intention to be an object. This intention could be that perceived of the objectified. It could equally be the perceived intention of the one presenting or "framing" them (whether directly through primary objectification, or indirectly by encouraging them to self-objectify via bodily emphasis/dress and modification). Likewise, it could be the perceived intention of one expressing a desire for them (or oneself, i.e. reciprocal objectification). It could even be a metacognitive percept of one's own intention for them (or oneself) to be an object (say if one was psychologically disturbed, manipulated, or awoken from a dream state). It might be inferred from a perceived lack of intent to dignify/love/respect the subject, for example the presentation of negligence, mindlessness (automata based dehumanisation), or vice (subjective insignificance). It could also be an attribution error driven inference of intention based on an extension of the self knowledge of one's affect in their presence to they themselves, the one responsible for that affect (inferring purpose rather than ignorance). Furthermore the perception of intent could be a socialised or conditioned association.

It is possible the brain does not easily distinguish (or care to distinguish) between the origin of intent, as it has evolved to seek (/respond to) reproductive opportunity. Its basis being a carnal drive for power/dominance (restoration of the primacy of long evolved instincts to the negation of more complex goals directed by more modern physical or social systems). It is perhaps an abstraction (misassociation) of natural subconscious desire during intercourse (completion/conception under its presumption; from which may arise similar intentions).

" the attraction towards involvement in apparent self-objectification inflicts the most those who demonstrate to themselves the greatest subjective significance (those who do the most exercise), since they themselves are less likely to consider themselves an object "

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