I am a feminist. Not a "bra burning" crazy lady, but rather a person with a lot of strong opinions against objectifying women.
Merely a half hour ago I was doing dishes while my mom was flipping through channels on the TV. She came across a Victoria's Secret fashion show. It was an absolute train wreck: she and I had to watch it until we were both disgusted and reasonably angry.
Women everywhere are screaming for equality, to be seen as equal human beings rather than objects that aren't capable of anything that require intelligence. I think that every woman wants to be respected, but unfortunately that's not how the world is treating us. But guess what? We are doing this to ourselves. It it OUR fault that the world isn't respecting us. Prancing around practically naked on stage is not a way to gain respect in anyone's eyes, yet most people don't realize what harm this is doing for the entire female population. We don't want to be objectified, yet objectifying ourselves is seen as "sexy" and it proceeds to happen and will continue to go on.
So what do I think we should do about this? There's not tons we can do on a large scale, but we can all work on affecting the views around us. I think it starts with respect. Respect yourself, and others will respect you. Show people that you are not an object. If people know that you are confident in yourself and that you will not put up with being looked down upon as a woman, they will see you as an equal.
Though I don't feel like women are viewed the way that they should be, I feel respected as a woman myself. I don't feel personally affected by sexism, and I think that is because I have never let anybody see me as an object or as someone lesser than men. I know that I am capable of whatever I want to do - that accomplishing things is in my own hands and very possible. I really wish that every girl could have the knowledge that I have regarding the power of a strong woman, because that knowledge itself could make a huge difference.
I truly believe that the world can't start respecting women until we learn how to respect ourselves.