In a recent interview with the Sunday Times (via Dlisted), Cameron Diaz FINALLY broke her legendary silence about the objectification of women:

“I think every woman does want to be objectified. There’s a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it’s healthy,” the actress tells the paper.

“[Photo shoots are] empowering. I’m not some young girl with the photographer going, ‘Will you take your clothes off?’ I’m like [mimes stripping], ‘How does this look?’ They’re like, ‘Today we’re not going to put anything other than bras and heels on you,’ and I’m like, ‘These heels are not high enough.’”

Oh brother. I am pretty sure that what Cameron Diaz means is that every woman wants to feel pretty. Which, even then, I bet there are some who don’t, or whatever, because there is something of everything, but let’s just assume that is a true fact. That is still different from the dehumanzing act of seeing women as “sex holes” or what have you. Not to mention the weird inverse connotations that her quote implies. It’s kind of like saying 40% of women have rape fantasies and therefore 40% of rape is good. The best part, though is that she not only generalizes the desire for objectification for all women, but she includes that they want it “AT ALL TIMES.” Haha. Hey sexy ladiiiiiiiiies! Cameron Diaz then goes on to explain how she is very confident and comfortable in her body, which I’m sure she takes to mean that all women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies. At all times. No one’s heels are ever high enough, right? Our Camerons, Ourselves. She just gets it. Congrats to all the women on your spokesperson. Enjoy her.

Comments (36)
  1. Apropos of nothing, but “Sex Holes” would be a phenomenal name for an adult-themed mini-golf course.

  2. “Can you believe her?” -Gwyneth Paltrow

  3. She’s just wishing people would still want to objectify her.

  4. it’s a good thing these quotes of hers are just little blurbs in the bottom of a photo spread of a mostly naked Cameron Diaz. god forbid someone read them.

  5. “Make my legs longer and my butt shinier” -Cameron Diaz to the poor soul that had to photoshop that picture

  6. There’s got to be a better way for Cameron Diaz to say all of that, right?

  7. Did you not know? We are legion. We are many and one. We are the woman. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

  8. And that, my friends, is how Terry Richardson continues to get work.

  9. I have long held out that Cameron Diaz is The Worst, and I can now rest my case.

  10. Can I just vent about people who are like “smart is sexy!” because of course people think that whatever you are, you have to be sexy too? Why the fuck is ‘smart’ not enough?

  11. From the article:
    Is Cameron Diaz beyond parody? “Oooh,” she sighs, somewhat erotically, flopping into a chair, a disarming combo of eyes, lips and blondeness. “I just had two and a half hours of acupuncture and massage. I’m basically drunk from the needles. You know how the needles get you?” She smiles, lazily. “You know?”

    I honestly think a really amazing reality show would be to drop a celebrity in Liberia with a helmet cam and just watch what they do with themselves. And when they’re dry heaving from the smell of burning human waste, the producers can just overlay quotes from articles like this onto the screen in helvetica, with a slow fade in and fade out. Someone get me a bucket of Emmy’s.

  12. Not that every man who’s ever harassed a woman on the street even needed your opinion, but fuck you anyway.

    • Or chasing you down an alley in a foreign country when you’re 14.

      • I feel weird upvoting that story, but a similar thing happened to a friend of mine when she was in Rome. This guy just kept trying to grab her hand and lead her away from her group. Then he kissed her and she apparently screamed so loud that everyone around her stopped. She was 14 or 15 when it happened too.

        • That happens there kind of a lot. The Italians can be VERY forceful; it’s especially jarring for tourists.

        • It’s a pretty common occurrence from what I have heard, or was at the time. I was stalked for about a month or so by a totally messed up creep in a weird part of Paris, probably because I am blonde or American. At least your friend screamed. I was too freaked out to do anything but think about what to say to an authority figure if I was able to find one. I ran to the grocery store that I went to every day and asked a security guard to walk me back to the apartment building. The worst part is that I was telling my parents for a month that a creepy dude was waiting for me and saying fucked up pornographic stuff to me in French, but they didn’t speak as much as I did (if any) and thought I was being an ugly American and misinterpreting the culture. They did believe I was chased, though, especially after I refused to leave the building by myself… And a woman who was married to a guy my dad worked with said she had been stalked a few times in month as well. I actually just got into a fight with my mom about this the other week when she asked me why I was being overtly hostile to drunk assholes and I explained that it’s the easiest way to diffuse a situation before it escalates… especially if you are a single woman who just got grabbed by a 23-year-old frat boy at the roulette table.

          I think I’m going to go for a run.

  13. Not some big movie star? Not to worry, ladies! If you dole out exposure of body parts and sexual favors BEFORE someone pressures you into doing so, you can be empowered too. Fancy photo shoots are for celebrities, but being complicit in your own oppression is for everyone!

  14. She seems pretty cool. You ladies should lighten up.

  15. This is not a defense of this quote, not even close, but I read this a few minutes after reading the link below, and though it might, I don’t know, compliment this article. Or whatever.

  16. I actually have to be really careful about going “out” to “clubs” and popular bars in mixed company, I get really riled up by the way guys approach my female friends (double standard because they are friends, I know). I sometimes think I’m there to be like, the safety-surrogate-boyfriend, which is fine; I’m a 200 pound male who can scowl with the best of them. I know what you dealt with was on an entirely different level, but I can see how certain individual’s level of persistence just crosses the barrier of sanity. If a guy feels comfortable just walking up FROM BEHIND a random girl and just putting his hands on her in very familiar ways, I seriously think his social conditioning is completely fucked.

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