Dehumanization means to deprive someone of human qualities or attributes. Multiple populations during the scope of their lives are faced with dehumanization interactions to a certain extent, some demographics however are more susceptible to receive dehumanizing treatments according with their age, gender, nationality, social and economic placement.
This dehumanization process leads to personal and social violence: the painted nonexistence of human's qualities would supposedly validate inhumane treatment. While many individuals can encounter transitional dehumanization (and here the mass media plays also a big role), women are within the group of individuals that encounter systemic dehumanization since an early age and this occurs in many ways, some more vicious than others.
The dehumanization of women's bodies can happen in subtle ways that became naturalized by the pattern of it's repetition. It is not uncommon to people that to perpetrate those patterns is not socially acceptable within many groups and that girls get to know what happens to their bodies other than why do they get their period and how to avoid pregnancy. Girls are encouraged to speak about their body parts with "nicknames", as if body intimacy and knowledge was something promiscuous or obscene. The nicknames or the parent's choice itself is not a problem, but the fact that there is a social sense of shame in talking about it.
At puberty they face an industry that despises their body as it is: period blood can not never leak (not for the girl's well being but because of the social embarrassment) that is supposed to represent. There are many soaps, cleaning tissues, and perfumes for the vagina that with few exceptions are not medically indicated as if we were naturally dirtier than men; not to mention the imposition of shaving (not option) by social shame.
Facing so many taboos to learn and take care about their own anatomy, when older, female teenagers often are misguided when seeking information about sexual health, pleasure and relationships. They are slut-shamed by a society that is the same that judges them if they are too prude as well: until few years ago - and I am writing this in 2018 - there was an almost insignificant number of information about female sex that was not for men's consumption.
During all life, women are faced with massive media propaganda that stigmatizes their bodies and pressures them to fit in a shape that it is inhumane and with the exception of few important organizations, eating disorders for example are not treated as a public health issue, but as individual isolated cases (yet I unfortunately believe that the majority of women that are reading this today know/heard of someone close that had an eating disorder at some point if not themselves) .
At mature life, we keep denying women the right to be old: they need to look, dress, talk and act young. The right to effort in keeping one's youthful appearance in our society is not the possible alternative to a personal choice, but an imposition. Mature women that do not follow facial procedures are often targeted as depressed, tired, lazy and this is madness.
Paraphrasing Brecht, when the madness is multiplied it takes the risk of becoming invisible and if there is no space for reflection we are likely to keep repeating the cycles of using women's bodies as guns pointed to themselves. Note that in this whole description the feelings of embarrassment are socially created; I did not start yet (as I intend) to describe the way women's emotions are dehumanized and the types of violence that women are susceptible as a consequence of this process. Adding that pregnancy, infertility, bisexuality, trans-sexuality, homoaffectivity, ethnicity, disability, economic and social marginalization, transitional or chronic poverty, mental disorders are also part of what women's lives and bodies are made, to not advocate for them is what I would rather call inhumane.
Como diria Alice Ruiz: Sou uma moça polida levando uma vida lascada. Brasileira, vinte sete anos e alguns grilos na sacada.