Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

The Male Gaze

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In class we talked about a concept of “The Male Gaze.” A clip was shown of the movie Transformers, where the main character was staring at his female costar, as she was fixing his car. The camera angles took the role of the main character(and possibly the male viewers)eyes and panned all over the sultry features of Megan Fox, the female in question. It got me thinking about times in my life when I have done the same thing. I believe everyone, at one time or another, has looked on the opposite (or same) sex in an attitude of wanting them, or their bodies. It can be done on purpose, or by accident. Through research, I found that the “Gaze” applies to both sexes…whether it be men drooling over women in public, or on the screen, and even women, fantasizing over bulging Marvel superhero movies or the male stripper flick “Magic Mike.” In certain situations, it could be considered lust, and doesn’t help a person’s cause to not want to be self-objectified. Our eyes are powerful tools, but its best we watch where we’re going, in the future.

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