KATIE COURIC: Some newswomen dress like they’re going clubbing.
RACHEL MADDOW: It’s un-businesslike. … But there’s an interesting question in there: If you make a decision about trying to succeed on the basis of your looks, is it less objectifying than if it’s somebody else’s decision?
Could someone please elucidate the bold sentence? Definition of objectify as a transitive verb:
- express (something abstract) in a concrete form:
- degrade to the status of a mere object:
Is the apt definition #2? If so, does the bold sentence mean:
Is [ making a decision about trying to succeed on the basis of your looks ] less demeaning/degrading [ of those newswomen who dress inappositely ]
when it's somebody else's decision ?