What does mean put me on display?

I have heard that in the song You don't own me from Grace:

Don't tell me what to do

And don't tell me what to say

Please, when I go out with you

Don't put me on display

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That's a line from "You Don't Own Me" (originally popularized by Lesley Gore in 1964).

To put someone (most often a woman) "on display" in this context is to show her off as a trophy. The implication is that she is a "prize" the man has "won" (and therefore, in a way, owns).

Cf. trophy wife

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    +1 for props to La Gore (extra credit if you add John Madera and David White to the answer...) Commented Oct 22, 2016 at 21:54

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