Setanta and I are playing around... but I want to make a serious comment about how we view women in society. There are two ways to objectify women. I think it is interesting that songs that Setanta and I have posted in our little back and forth represent both sides.
Setanta posted "Always a Woman" with the lyrics
She will promise you more than the Garden of Eden, she will carelessly cut you and laugh while you are bleeding, she will bring out the best and the worst you can be... blame it all on your self 'cause she is always a woman to me
This puts a woman, or women in general on a pedestal. She is not a human being with a respectful relationship... she is something to be worshiped and feared.
I posted "Mambo #5" which represents the other side of the coin. Here the man is the center and the women are there for him.
I would argue that both of these represent the same thing. It is idealizing the concept of womanhood to fit a societal mold. Of course this is popular culture we are discussing, not policy and popular culture is supposed to explore all kinds of roles and themes... and individual relationships between men and women are unique. It is a good thing that all of these songs exist.
The best thing for society is for women (and men) to be treated as human beings... equals. Either worshiping or treating them as playthings are not the way that women (or men) should be treated by our general culture.