Experiences with Sexual Objectification

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Eric Landrum


The purpose of my study is to explore reported experiences in regards to sexual objectification of both men and women in college. Sexual objectification is an important societal issue, which can lead to internalizing an objectified perspective of the body (Engeln-Maddox, Miller, & Doyle, 2011), and objectification is applicable to both men and women (Aubrey, 2006). College students are believed to have many encounters involving sexual objectification, and very little research exists involving men and sexual objectification, creating a need to expand research in this regards. General psychology students completed a survey including the Interpersonal Sexual Objectification Scale (ISOS) by Kozee, Tylka, Augustus, and Denchik (2007). I hypothesized that women will have experienced more sexual objectification than men. I also hypothesized that men will report experiencing some to no experience in regards to sexual objectification as characterized in the ISOS. Based on my study, there is a statistically significant difference between gender and sexual objectification. My research provides insight into how often college students are subjected to sexual objectification. Another benefit of this study, is advancing the understanding of the male and female experience in regards to sexual objectification.

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