Life is hard. Being a woman is hard. Being a women of color is harder. Our opportunities are stagnant and we are constantly depicted as sex objects. Everywhere I go I am consumed with images of overly sexualized women. We judge ourselves and believe that our value lies in our looks. There is a reason why cosmetic surgeries are more common among women then men. Women are constantly told that they aren’t “enough” and in order to conform to society’s beauty standards they go under the knife. Men are so quick to judge women for being fake, and yet they are the ones admiring the hyper sexual females with the pseudo bodies. The more we dehumanize women the more the men are inclined to abuse women sexually and physically. Many would argue “well it is her choice to be perceived that way, right?” Wrong. As Ariel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture said sexualized culture not only objectifies women, it encourages women to objectify themselves. We are in an era in which we believe we are equal because we aren’t the 50’s housewives anymore. However, we put our self worth in our looks and not in our minds because intelligence doesn’t bring gratification. Praise for our looks gives us gratification. There is nothing “sexy” about women being portrayed as inanimate sex toys.