It wouldn’t be news to both men and women that when it comes to women, it is always about how they look, and more specifically about how their individual body parts stand out. All the way starting from their hair, face, nose, neck, breasts, waist, hips, to legs, we all tend to remember each girl as a sum of body parts. We have always derided men for being so shallow, for treating women like an object, but it turns out that there is a fundamental reason why that happens. Not that it is a consolation to women in general, but surprisingly both guys and ladies look at men as a whole individuals while looking at women as individual parts.
According to research completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor of psychology Sarah Gervais, the simple reason is that when women look at men they are looking at them as a complete, global entity. It is just the way their brains are wired. When men look at women, they are obviously looking at a potential partner for mating, but what is shocking is that women do the same when they look at other women. Instead of seeing them as someone like them, a whole person, they tend to judge them by their individual attributes, and end up objectifying them, because they are simply comparing themselves against all other women.
It does not seem that much can be done about it, except to accept it and put our own behavior and that of others in context. Now that we know what is going on in our heads and those of others around us, we can handle ourselves better in public settings.