Is there a connection between a serial killer objectifying a victim in order to rape, torture and kill someone and a person who just uses objectification to depersonalize women and add to the notches on their belts without guilt?
Obviously I’m a blogger, I’m no professional psych or sociologist…I’m just wondering, so having said that here we go
So call me a freak or whatever you want to call me but I was reading recently (as in today) about serial killers and there is one serial killer who chooses child victims named Robert Black who did the majority of his crimes in Europe in the late 80’s. He sexually assaulted little girls and then murdered them leaving them hundreds of miles away from home. I’m not going to describe what he did anymore but rather delve a little bit into WHY he said he did it. Black said “I wasn’t thinking about her at all…like, you know, what she must be feeling”. The story that I was reading (from trutv.com the crime library) said that this was a case of “extraordinary dissociation, which transforms the little girl into a simple object” and “is frequently to be found in cases of other serial killers” . IN other words this is an extreme case of objectification. Now being a feminist this made the hair on my neck stand up….One major battle for me as a feminist is the objectification, the dehumanization of women in the media, in every day life, in advertising, on tv, every time you turn your head there is a perfect example of objectification.Men are being socialized and congratulated on their ability to dissociate …that is until its taken too far
So my question is, is there a similarity here? The rules of masculinity pretty much dictate the objectification of women. All of this labeling that says “real men” do X,Y,Z and we have seen a trend in our society where the more women you use, the more prestige you have, your are judged by your ability to use a woman rather than interact with one, especially when your a young adult. So how does a person leap from just seeing women as objects thereby feeling nothing when they dehumanize them by manipulating, lying or using them from sex to raping and killing little girls. I’d say they are 2 sides of the same coin, one being the extreme and one being the less extreme. Both require you to look at a woman as an object and its from that point that anything goes….and as we have seen and heard in the media women are the most common victim of rape, physical assualt, and serial murder….I am trying to think how a mind that is already “off” receives images, data, and ideals from society and institutions that objectify and dehumanize women down to their bodies…If we are socialized and encouraged to use women then it only takes a psychologically broken mind to take that idea (that women are objects, which is learned) and run with it….and run with it they do. Black had an obsession with these little girls genitals and he never once thought that he might be hurting another living human being…….I think thats the case with alot of serial killers even when their victims are male…in order to do something so heinous you have to think of the person regardless of sex, as an object. Be it a male child or a female child or a woman…here are some common requirements for victims: they have to have less value in society(prostitutes, poor children or children of color) so they wont be missed or it will take longer to gather investigative information and be weaker than their attacker (women in general and children) so they cant fight back, easy to manipulate…All of these are perpetuated by various agents of socialization so that these type of people are almost exclusively the victims