The sexualized female body can be seen anywhere from album covers to billboards to bus stops. Due to the plethora of these types of images, from a young age both males and females are taught to scale a woman’s worth down to her physical size, shape, and attractiveness. Berger states that men look at women, and in turn women watch themselves being looked at. Similar to the James Bond gaze that sexualizes a woman’s body on screen through the eyes of a heterosexual male, the portrayal of women’s bodies in advertisements focuses on long legs, curvy hips, a slim waist, and perfect breasts. When a society becomes so obsessed with the oversexualization of the female body as promoted by these ads, a woman is forced to “appear” instead of “act.” The man in turn is encouraged to "act," as it is his role to observe these objectified female bodies all around him. As the term coined by Berger, a woman must “appear” to fit societal norms, yet men can simply "act" as themselves. Until the oversexualized female body is no longer used to market products, gender equality cannot yet exist. The objectification of the female body through advertisements perpetuates gender inequality, and teaches woman and girls to value appearance over intellect.
Due to the prevalence of objectified women's bodies in the media, girls are taught to view themselves as objects since an extremely young age. Simultaneously, boys grow up unconsciously learning that girls exist to be looked at and admired. The media lacks positive female inspiration unrelated to physical appearance, and that may be detrimental to future generations. As long as these gender reversed ads appear as absurd, females will continue to "appear" while males are permitted to "act." Until the oversexualized and objectified female body ceases to be an obsession in pop culture, we cannot claim gender equality.