“Headless Women” Project Shows How Often Women Are Dehumanized on Movie Posters

The Headless Women Project, started by Marcia Belsky, “seeks to bring attention to the still standard practice of fragmenting, fetishizing and dehumanizing the images of women we see in film, TV, book covers, and advertisement.”

As the initiative’s website explains, framing women’s bodies like this robs them of their personhood and suggests to the viewer that they’re objects rather than characters: “By decapitating the woman, or fragmenting her body into decontextualized sexual...

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