Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ten important features and goals of Objectification, Dehumanization, and Depersonalization (ODD)

This is the second in a series of posts that will deal with fetishes that have been labeled as objectification, dehumanization, and depersonalization in BDSM, which I will refer to as ODD for short. To see more writings on this topic, click the ODD label below this article..

Submissives in a D/s or BDSM relationship who participate in ODD fetishes are trained to exhibit certain distinguishing features, which can also be thought of as goals or objectives in the context of a training regimen.

It is up to the submissive and her Dominant to decide how to weight the importance of each in their consensual relationship, as well as how to structure training so as to accomplish all the mutually agreed upon objectives.

In future posts I will go over each in turn.

1. Instrumentality

The submissive is simply a tool to be used.

2. Denial of Autonomy

The submissive lacks autonomy and self-determination. She can neither select her fate nor act independently.

3. Inertness

The submissive lacks agency, and is by herself non-moveable and unchanging.

4. Fungibility

The submissive is interchangeable with other people (or objects);

5. Violability

The submissive lacks boundary-integrity and her personhood can be encroached upon at will by her owner.

6. Ownership

The submissive is owned and can be bought or sold.

7. Denial of Subjectivity

The submissive's experiences and feelings do not need to be taken into account.

8. Reduction to Body

The identity of the submissive can be reduced to simply her body, or even mere body parts.

9. Reduction to Appearance

The submissive is valued merely in terms of how she looks, with no value attached to any higher intelligence or emotion or personality.

10. Silencing

The submissive is silent, lacking the capacity to speak unless directed to do so.


Langton, Rae, 2009, Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nussbaum, Martha, 1995, “Objectification”, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 24(4): 249–291.

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