Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2022

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Tom Amorose

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Ji-Young Um


love, philosophy, solipsism, poetry, literature


This paper analyzes the philosophical fundamentals of sexual objectification and presents opposing literature, written in the 20th century, by Black, Mexican and Arabic male poets in contrast. In vigorous patriarchal environments that provide more opportunities to practice sexual objectification, the poets reframe male metaphysical perception and behavior in romantic or sexual contexts by promoting the autonomy and agency of women above themselves, and displaying their enjoyment of that situation. This paper will discuss how Western metaphysical philosophy impacts self-perception and belief in contemporary romantic contexts.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.

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