Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

How to Spot Sexual Objectification: The CHIPS Test

Not sure if something is sexually objectifying? Use the CHIPS test, as described by Caroline Heldman, to help you decide.

Dr. Caroline

The CHIPS Test is an easy way to identify sexual objectification. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following questions, the image you are looking at is sexually objectifying.

1) Commodity: Does the image show a sexualized person as a commodity, for example, as something that can be bought and sold?


2) Harmed: Does the image show a sexualized person being harmed, for example, being violated or unable to give consent?


3) Interchangeable: Does the image show a sexualized person as interchangeable, for example, a collection of similar bodies?


4) Parts: Does the image show a sexualized person as body parts, for example, a human reduced to breasts or buttocks?


5) Stand-In: Does the image present a sexualized person as a stand-in for an object, for example, a human body used as a chair or a table?

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