Any time I share content that focuses on the ways in which women are objectified or held to absurd physical standards, I hear from people who say that’s just the way it is, that it’s been this way for decades, that women should learn to ignore it.

I disagree. Caroline Heldman, the speaker in this video, does an incredible job explaining the objectification of women, how it’s gotten worse, how damaging it is, and what we can do to address it. This video is for women and men. We should all expect better.

Her seven-step test is compelling. She begins talking about how we can fix the problem at 9:05. Seems so simple…

At 11:00, she begins sharing success stories — instances when people who’d had enough decided to take action and made a difference.

If you’re fed up and want to see change, you can share this using the Twitter and Facebook buttons below.

Dr. Caroline Heldman gave this talk at TEDxYouth@San Diego. I hadn’t heard of Dr. Heldman until I watched the video. She’s pretty awesome, and you can learn more about her on her blog, follow her on Twitter, or check out her Facebook page.


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