September Feminist Friday | Dr. Britain Scott, Dept. of Psychology

Dr. Britain Scott, Dept. of Psychology will be discussing, "Babes and the Woods: The Feminine Beauty Ideal as an Ecological Hazard"

Date & Time:

Friday, September 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Free and open to the public


Luann Dummer Center for Women (OEC 103)

Refreshments and a light snack will be provided

Pervasive sexual objectification of women in our culture trains women to take an observer’s (critical) perspective on the physical self, a concept we understand as self-objectification. Self-objectification preoccupies women with chronic body surveillance and shame as they evaluate the extent to which they fall short of the feminine beauty ideal portrayed in popular media—an artificial standard that requires substantial modification of the natural body. More than a decade of research on self-objectification has established that it negatively impacts women’s self-esteem and cognitive performance. Dr. Scott will explore far-reaching negative implications of women's self-objectification of their bodies, suggesting that routinely aspiring to a contrived beauty ideal alienates women from their natural bodies and limits women’s nature-embedded experiences, and therefore degrades their sense of connectedness to nature, the sensorial perception through which one perceives oneself as part of the larger ecological system. Dr. Scott's talk will also examine correlational and experimental data supporting this theoretical model linking higher self-objectification to less ecologically responsible behavior.

About Dr. Scott:

Britain Scott is Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where she has taught psychology, women's studies, and environmental studies since 1996. She enthusiastically advocates curricular integration of psychology and environmental education and has published a web site to encourage it: She is first author on an upcoming textbook on the psychology of sustainability. Presently, she serves as President of the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology (Division 34 of the American Psychological Association).

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